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Limit Omaha 8 - Hand Example 1

Omaha 8 or better is a Game of Scooping
Party Poker: $3/$6 Omaha Hi/Lo
Seat 9 is the button
Total number of players : 9
Seat 2: Da ( $166.99 )
Seat 7: WhP ( $97.25 )
Seat 8: FA ( $117 )
Seat 9: Ga ( $70.5 )
Seat 6: Our Hero ( $98 )
Seat 10: jos ( $150 )
Seat 4: Mas ( $97.75 )
Seat 3: poke ( $117 )
Seat 5: tiem ( $136.25 )
Da posts small blind [$1].
poke posts big blind [$3].
** Dealing down cards **
Dealt to Our Hero [ A 3 3 A ]
2 folds
Our Hero raises [$6].
The Villain calls [$6].
3 folds
RandomGuy calls [$3].

A standard raise with a very strong hand. Villain is a loose player so can have a wide range of hands.
** Dealing Flop ** [ 7, J, 8 ]
RandomGuy checks.
Our Hero bets [$3].
Villain raises [$6].
RandomGuy folds.
Our Hero raises [$6].
Villain calls [$3].

A standard continuation bet here with a pretty good hand - an over-pair plus a draw to the nutflush and 2nd nut low draw. Villain's raise is concerning, but 1) an aggressive player can be making this play with a wide range, as weak as a set, and 2) his raise looks like its trying to knock out the 3rd player, so a true monster hand is unlikely.

As it turns out, Villain has a good hand here: Tc 9c Kh 7h for the current nut straight and a redraw to the 2nd nut flush. Unfortunately, there are 2 low cards on the board and he doesn't have any low potential, which means that even though he has quite a strong high position, his overall hand cannot be very strong. And as it turns out, even with his nut straight here he is underdog!

Ad 3d Ah 3h 0.556
Tc 9c Kh 7h 0.444

You might say that he's unlucky I have the nutflush, and you'd be right, but then Hero having Ax hearts is not exactly unheard of so it's only mild bad luck that he ran into Axs with a low chances.

So the main point here is that hands with no low draws when two low cards hit on the flop cannot be very strong hands. They can be above average hands and ones you want to keep playing til the river, but its not possible for them to be very strong hands anymore.

** Dealing Turn ** [ 6 ]
Hero bets [$6].
Villain calls [$6].

Now villain is being freerolled - Hero wins low 100% of the time, and can win high as well if he hits one of 7 heart outs.

** Dealing River ** [ 5 ]
Our Hero bets [$6].
Villain calls [$6].
Hero shows [ A, 3, 3, A ] a pair of aces.
Villain shows [ K, 7, 9, T ] a flush, ten high.

Lessons Learned:

  1. Even hands that look very strong to a holdem convert - hands like a straight or a set - are just not strong hands if there is a good chance they won't scoop.
  2. Bet when you think you have good equity. Hero was ahead on the flop, even though he current hands was behind.
  3. Omaha is a Game of Scooping!