Wednesday, April 20, 2005

New Tactics

Now that I have been able to get some serious hours in online and think about my play I have developed a new ultra aggressive preflop tactic in Omaha and so far it has been a huge hit. I am raising with about 40% of hands preflop and calling a lot more before the flop as well. My post flop play is still the same but what my tactic is doing is making it very hard to ever put me on a hand. I am getting paid when I hit more than ever. Hands like 5679 are now an instant raise and sometimes a reraise preflop.

I was so aggressive during one session yesterday on the £2/£5 table that I won 110/330 hands on a full table of ten players. The main thing is that I am trapping players extremely well post flop. Take the hand below. Especially playing short handed I like to be the aggressor…. Raising between 70-80% of hands before the flop. Ok so the example below it is very bad play from my opponent. I have noticed that due to my repetitive raising that I am forcing my opponents into making a lot of mistakes post flop.

------HAND 4------
Game #591143163: Omaha High Pot Limit (£2.50/£5) - 2005/04/20 - 16:56:35 (GMT)
Table "Iris" Seat 3 is the button.
Seat 3: davidlead (£870.36 in chips)
Seat 6: Milkybarkid (£788 in chips)
Seat 8: I’mAFish (£846 in chips)
Milkybarkid: posts small blind £2.50
I’mAFish: posts big blind £5
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to Milkybarkid [3s 4d 5c 7d]
davidlead: folds
Milkybarkid: raises to £15
I’mAFish: calls £10
----- FLOP ----- [Ac 2s 4h]
Milkybarkid: bets £30
I’mAFish: calls £30
----- TURN ----- [Ac 2s 4h][9s]
Milkybarkid: checks
I’mAFish: bets £90
Milkybarkid: calls £90
----- RIVER ----- [Ac 2s 4h][9d][8h]
Milkybarkid: checks
I’mAFish: bets £270
Milkybarkid: raises to £653 and is all in
I’mAFish: calls £383
----- SHOW DOWN -----
I’mAFish: shows [Ad 4s Jc Jd] (Two Pairs, Aces and Fours, Nine high)
Milkybarkid: shows [3s 4d 5c 7d] and won (£1576) with A Straight, Five high
Milkybarkid collected £1576 from Main pot

In sixteen hours of play this week I am nearly $10000 in profit. I have jumped in to the £10/£20 and broke even but I really don’t need to take the extra risk when things are going so well elsewhere.

I am currently trying to debate whether I should go to the World Series after travelling in Mexico as well….. hmmmmm

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ben,

Things seem to be going well, remember to stay away from the no-limit holdem!

I don't think I'll play betfair, just look at the hand you just posted, milkybarkid dealt 4h and the flop comes down 4h. mmmmmm how far does your association go? That was a joke before I get flamed.

Good Luck
Steve (Hawkeye1976)

Anonymous said...

Please stop advertising how soft the omaha game is ben, some of us have bills to pay and don't want the sharks coming in and clearing the fish away. You should have a run at the series mate- strike while your hot.
ariston

Milkybarkid said...

Ariston

The Omaha games are soft in most places... Prima, Betfair, Stars and Party all have numerous fish about....

Steve...

Yes i noted that mistake. It was to protect the idenitity of the player as he reads my blog.

OnTilt said...

I have had an experiment with this style, using loads of preflop raising (especially in position) before on stars. It was pretty succesful but I think it only works well at certain tables, I've gone back to 'normal' tactics for most of the time now.

It certainly has the effect of loosening up post flop play, which can lead to more errors to exploit, and getting a lot more pots headsup, which changes the dynamics of the game. It also pisses people off no end, which is both amusing and useful.

Anyway keep it up.

Big Dave D said...

Ben,

Do u mean 40% of the hands u play, or 40% of all the hands u are dealt?

cheers

dd

Milkybarkid said...

40% of hands that i play.... though i am playing alot more hands than i used to....

You should watch the £10/£20 game when it gets going (normally about 7pm)

Peter Roche won 70k in it in the opening week.

Big Dave D said...

Ben,

The 40% of hands played is a style often used, especially by the dutch and other good players. But. Based on my playing a good chunk of hands online AND getting to see the stats I can say that preflop play is probably the least significant element in a winnning strategy. I have winning players playing less than 30% of hands and raising only a tiny amount. Conversely one well known player plays over 50% and raises maybe 15-20% of *all* his hands. The only thing I would add is that if you are playing much more than 50% of your hands, not including free blinds, then you are *probably* a losing player.

The most important thing about how you play preflop is how you manage that with your flop onwards play. One additional problem is that with the style you are playing you could easily throw off 10 max buyins and be playing perfectly. And a lot more if perfect becomes less so.

Anyway, enuff humbug...play the rush!

gl

dd

Big Dave D said...

I meant lose 10 buyins in a session ofcourse. And not necessarily a long one either.

gl

dd

a said...

well where are these games on betfair.everytime i log on i see no sign of any omaha game at 10 20 levels
chhers

Milkybarkid said...

Dave...

Just looking at my stats over a long session on a full table i am only seeing approx 20-22% of flops.

I would have always thought that it was post flop play that is more important as that is when the key big hands are won and lost.

Milkybarkid said...

Anon

The £10/£20 gets going usually at 3pm for a few hours and again in the evening... it depends who fancies a big gamble.

One guy was sitting on the table earlier with £20000 and i think he wiped everyone else out