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  • Bluffing outs, Part 2

    27 July 2015 |

    By the time this hand was played I’d read the excellent book Mastering Pot Limit Omaha twice and was beginning to have a better feel for Pot Limit Omaha. The following hand was played at the $1-$2 Zoom PLO tables at Pokerstars. I didn’t play it particularly well but I did at least spot a decent opportunity on the river.

    Hand 2

    I open, slightly loosely, from the cutoff with Kdiamond-Qheart-Jdiamond-6diamond. The button calls and the blinds fold. The pot is $15 and the flop is Aspade-8diamond-6spade, more or less missing me completely. I decide to c-bet $10 – a bet I don’t like at all as this flop is pretty good for the button calling range. Obviously this range will include a lot of aces and middling run down hands that connect well with the 8-6. It may also be a moderate double suited hand (although – as the authors explain in some detail in the book – such hands play much better as 3-bets from the button against a cutoff open raise, since these non-nutty holdings do much better heads up) which has a decent chance of having a flush draw.

    The button calls and the turn brings Aspade-8diamond-6spade-10diamond, helping the run-down hands but improving my equity with a flush draw and an inside wrap to the nut straight. Even if the button does have 7-9 for the nuts I have a lot of outs here with J, Q, K as well as the diamonds improving my hand to beat a 7-9 holding. In fact propoker tools (a powerful piece of software, also used and discussed extensively in the book) shows that against a 7-9-x-x- holding, my equity is very nearly 40%.

    With this in mind a play that I like a lot here is one I would not have considered before reading the book – a check-shove. If I check, the button bets pot and I check-shove, he may well fold all his two-pair holdings. Also, as we’ve already seen, even if he has the nuts, I still have about a 40% chance to spike the river. However, I’m still learning and so opt for the weaker check-call line, trying – rather feebly – to realise my equity in the simplest possible way. The button bets pot ($35) and I call.

    The pot is now $105 and the river brings Aspade-8diamond-6spade-10diamond-8club, missing me completely and leaving me with a pair of sixes. However, it immediately occurs to me that this is a great bluff card, since A-A-x-x and A-8-x-x fit my play of the hand to date very well. So, I very quickly shove the river and the villain folds more or less straight away.

  • NEW BLOG: Bluffing outs, Part 1

    22 July 2015 |

    Byron Jacobs is going to write a regular blog post on our website based on how material from D&B Poker titles can improve your game Follow the blog to learn more about our books and how they will increase your win rate at the tables.

    Pot Limit Omaha is a great game and the book Mastering Pot-Limit Omaha is a great primer for anyone who wants to improve at this form of poker. Here’s an example of how I benefitted from this book by thinking harder about the concept of bluffing outs. The following two hands were played at the $1-$2 Zoom PLO tables at Pokerstars. Hand 1 was played before I’d read the book closely. Hand 2 was played later and will be in the next blog

    HAND 1

    I open from the cutoff with Aheart Kclub 5club 5diamond and the big blind calls. The flop is 5heart 4heart 2spade giving me top set. The pot is $13 and the effective stack is over $600 – we are very deep. The big blind checks and I now bet $8. This is a mistake. As the book explains very instructively and in some detail, it is generally wrong to bet flops that don’t hit your range. As the pre-flop raiser this low, coordinated flop clearly comes into this category. Checking here is important to protect my entire range and prevent the big blind barrelling the turn and river and forcing me off a high card holding every time I check.

    The big blind raises to $36 which, at this stack depth, is unlikely to be a complete bluff. A run-down holding can already have a straight (or wrap plus flush draw). Lower sets are aslo possible, although less likely. I call and the turn brings 5heart 4heart 2spade 3club. The big blind bets pot, $85. If the villain had a wrap with 6-7 it got there so unless he’s barrelling a flush draw (rather unlikely) I’m clearly behind, most likely having ten outs to the full house. I decide to call, reckoning that although I don’t have pot odds, I do have good implied odds as if I hit the full house it will be well concealed and I could easily get paid off at this deep stack depth. However, by being fixated on the draw to the full house I am overlooking the fact that I also have bluffing outs.

    The pot is $255. The river brings 5heart 4heart 2spade 3club Qheart and the big blinds quickly checks. I check behind without thinking and get shown a double suited 9-7-6-3 (not hearts) which flopped the nuts and improved on the turn. At this point I realise immediately that I should have potted the river, very credibly representing the flush. and making it very hard indeed for the big blind to call since nut flush draws (combined with some kind of straight draw) would be a huge part of my calling range for the flop and turn.

    See the blog next week for Hand 2.

  • What a review!

    17 July 2015 |

    PokerUpdate.com have just posted an amazing review of Excelling at No-Limit Hold’em. You really should read the whole review but here’s a quote:

    “This is the best poker book to come out in a long time, and I imagine it will remain the best poker book to come out for many years to come. It can be read at face value as an interesting poker book, or it can be used by the ambitious as a textbook to improve.”

    The full review can be found HERE

  • Nice endorsement!

    13 July 2015 |

    Mason Malmuth has posted a very complimentary post on the 2+2 forum: 2+2

  • Excelling books for Europe

    09 July 2015 |

    I’ve just had confirmation from our shippers that stock will be delivered to our UK warehouse on monday, 13th July. Copies will ship out to all UK and European retailers on the 14th.