PLO: Rivered Two Pair, Multiway Pot
by Andrew Brokos | Published: Jan 11, '14
On Friday nights, when there’s generally a bigger-than-usual hold ‘em game at my local casino, they also get some PLO action going, which is nice because sitting in a $1/$3 PLO game while I wait for a seat is a lot more interesting than sitting at $1/$3 NLHE and it gives me a chance to practice and think about PLO a bit. Also the max buy-in is $500 instead of $300 so there’s a bit more money on the table.
I was going to post this one as a What’s Your Play? but frankly I’m not confident enough in my PLO game to present it as a clearly correct play. Anyway, it’s my very first hand at the table, six players limp for $3, and I check my option with Qh 9h 6c 3c.
Flop ($21 in pot) Qd 5h 4h. I check planning to evaluate the action and quite possibly raise, but it ends up checking around.
Turn ($25 in pot) Js. I check, UTG bets $15, gets two calls, and I call.
River ($85 in pot) 9c. I check, UTG bets $25, the other two fold. I raise pot, Villain folds.
Other than recognizing that my two-pair doesn’t have a lot of showdown value, this spot really doesn’t require knowing much about PLO. It just requires recognizing that Villain thinks he may have the best hand but doesn’t want to put a lot of money into the pot. After that, it’s a pretty standard spot, in any big bet game, to turn a hand with marginal showdown value into a bluff.