This hand came up a few minutes ago while I was playing Pot-Limit Omaha. And I am still learning the game so my advice would be to not necessarily play like I do (yet). I am pretty sure my hand was correctly played, I will give my thought process and equity calculations later on.
Let’s get to the hand, my pre-flop call could have been a little on the loose side. Although my hand does play pretty well against AAxx which I think the small blind has here, and the big blind seemed to be a pretty weak player so he could have had a wide range of different suited cards or even a hand like KKxx or QQxx and if he has a hand like that then my equity is slightly +EV hot and cold pre-flop, that means I could get it in pre-flop here and win in the long-run but it would be a marginal play at best.
My reads on the players:
Small Blind: Too loose and too aggressive, will stack off lightly. I have tangled with him and gotten the best of it so there is an outside chance he is sick of me.
Big Blind: Bad loose player who calls too much, haven’t played much with him so no further reads.
Now, It’s 4-handed $0.50/$1.00 Pot-Limit Omaha Hi. I am dealt
Q J 9 8 and I pot it to $3.5 Under the Gun (also cut-off in a 4-handed game), the button calls, the small blind pots it to $15, the big blind calls (who has less than a buy-in) and I decide to call. I have a good multi-way hand and I have position so that helps me a bit but not much since the pot has been bloated.
The flop brings K T 2
Giving me a wrap and a flush draw. The term wrap is used when you have several straight draws, which I have here. I have the J9, QJ, Q9, that means I win by hitting a 9, J, Q or A (assuming the best) and I also have my flush draw, but it could be crushed by a higher flush draw. I am almost 100% that the small blind has some kind of AAxx hand which are usually played hard pre-flop in Pot-Limit Omaha and rightly so because they often have a nice equity edge.
Consider my hand Q J 9 8 vs. say A A K 9 on that same K T 2 flop
My equity is actually 62% to win here, so I am a favorite. With that said, let’s get back to the actual hand.
The small blind now pots it $60, the big blind calls all-in for his last $58.95 and I decide to push all-in for $124.85. The small blind calls $64.85 and we’ve got a three-way all-in pot.
The flop K T 2 (so you don’t have to scroll up or anything)
The small blind shows A A K T
The big blind shows K T 8 6
I have Q J 9 8
And I am actually not happy at all to see that the big blind has a higher flush draw than me, but I knew it was definitely a possibility. I still have my wrap though!
Turn comes Q giving me a straight
River is 8 and I scoop the whole pot which was $368.65, an almost 4 buy-in pot which I am satisfied having shipped to my residence.
Now, during the hand I thought I was totally screwed because my flush draw was no longer. I calculated my equity afterwards and these are the numbers I got from the twodimes calculator.
The small blind A A K T 12.91% to win, 25.83% to tie
The big blind K T 8 6 28.23% to win, 25.83% to tie
Me Q J 9 8 33.03% to win
And do you know how much equity I need in a 3-way pot to break-even? 33.333%, so it turned out to be a break-even play even though I ran into a bad spot where one of my opponents had a higher flush draw.
Remember, I was a favorite in the side pot versus the aces so it turned out O.K even though I thought I was in bad shape. Just goes to show you how important it is to go through and analyze your hands after you’ve played them and spot any mistakes.
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