Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Omaha madness

Betfair… well all Crypto sites opened a £5/£10 and £10/£20 PL Omaha table recently. In my wisdom last week I decided to jump aboard as at least 5 bad players were on the table that I have extensive notes about. Thirty minutes later I was down £4500. Ouch. There is a player who seems to be new called Sanex and he bets the pot preflop with around 80% of hands. So each flop was costing about £150 to see. He also hit a Gutshot to win a £3500 pot against me. On one flop I held top set and the nut flush draw only to be outdrawn by a player reraising me with bottom set and hitting runner runner to make a 7 flush against me in a massive pot. The average pot was around the £1500 mark. It really was the most insane PL Omaha I had ever seen. Hitting top pair on the flop meant betting the pot of around £500. I am not sure of the bankroll needed to play in such a game but I know that I should definitely avoid it.

I have played again a couple of times since breaking even over the two sessions. When it gets going it must be the biggest PL Omaha game on the net.

Here is a hand that I played on tilt earlier and won. This hand can’t be worth a call preflop, never mind over a £1000 preflop. It’s probably the worst play I have ever made on the net preflop in terms of money and how bad my hand was. The only method to my complete madness was that I knew Sanex would go all in which would mean that the £980 that OOOa had put in would be dead and having put Sanex on AA I would only be about a 35%-40% dog to his hand. 000a called so I was deep in the mire.

------HAND 5------
Game #557541493: Omaha High Pot Limit (£10/£20) - 2005/04/13 - 10:21:33 (GMT)
Table "Harstad" Seat 6 is the button.
Seat 3: sanax (£5746.68 in chips)
Seat 5: MuckMuck (£8333.50 in chips)
Seat 6: 000a (£4215.76 in chips)
Seat 7: Milkybarkid (£1191.62 in chips)
Seat 8: moras (£980 in chips)
Milkybarkid: posts small blind £10
moras: posts big blind £20
----- HOLE CARDS -----
dealt to Milkybarkid [5s Kh 6c Qs]
sanax: raises to £70
MuckMuck: folds
000a: raises to £240
Milkybarkid: calls £230
moras: folds
sanax: raises to £980
000a: calls £740
Milkybarkid: raises to £1191.62 and is all-in
sanax: raises to £4574.86
000a: is all-in £3235.76
Returned uncalled bets £359.10 to sanax
----- FLOP ----- [Th 2h Jc]
----- TURN ----- [Th 2h Jc][8d]
----- RIVER ----- [Th 2h Jc 8d][Ad]
----- SHOW DOWN -----
sanax: shows [7d Qc Ah Ac] (Three of a kind, Aces, Jack high)
000a: shows [8s 7c 9c Ts] (A Straight, Jack high)
Milkybarkid: shows [5s Kh 6c Qs] (A Straight, Ace high)
000a collected £6048.28 from Side pot #1
Milkybarkid collected £3591.86 from Main pot
----- SUMMARY -----
Total pot £9643.14 Main pot £3591.86 Side pot #1 £6048.28 Rake £3
Board [Th 2h Jc 8d Ad]
Seat 3: sanax lost
Seat 5: MuckMuck folded before Flop (didn't bet)
Seat 6: 000a (button) showed [8s 7c 9c Ts] and won (£6048.28) with A Straight, Jack high
Seat 7: Milkybarkid (small blind) showed [5s Kh 6c Qs] and won (£3591.86) with A Straight, Ace high
Seat 8: moras (big blind) folded before Flop (didn't bet)

I played in the £150 Pot Limit Rebuy’s in Luton on Monday and as one of the players said to me I must have run over a black cat on the way there. Was all in 4 times with the best hand and got beat each time…. still I’ve had some good luck in tournaments of late so was overdue a night like that.

I am going to play in the £1000 Main Event in Luton on Saturday which I am looking forward to.


Rob Sherwood said...


I've just been watching the £10/20 pot-limit omaha game on Betfair, and can't quite believe what i am seeing. It seems to be populated by nutters who don't like money. I think you should get involved, too much value there for you to avoid it.

Probably see you in Luton on Saturday.

Milkybarkid said...

Tell me about it.... it is completely insane

I was playing earlier and was up to £10000 at one point only to lose £2500 back so i stopped.

Its just too dangerous and it brings out the worst in me tiltwise.

Speedy G said...

Hi Ben,

Back from my course now. After reading this article do you still wonder why I'm reluctant to get involved?

Glad you're still doing well. I'm sure the old Grundy would've blown the rest of his money after losing £2500 so wouldn't worry about it too much.