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One of the more recent additions to my local casino is that the Monday Night tournaments have become deepstacked PLO tournaments. Because I've been getting stronger at PLO, I decided to play at one this week. Results were mixed.

First thing I notice is that a LOT more people register than I was expecting - about 50 including re-entries. I was doubting more than 30 would play, but it turns out a lot of people like Omaha. Another thing I notice is that the age of some of the players is much older - usually the majority of players are late 30s to mid 40s range, but there were at least 10 players who were over 70 this time.

Also, it is VERY deepstacked. Blinds start at 25/50 and go up every 20 minutes, which builds up fast, but we start with 20,000 in chips, and the optional $5 dealer add-on gets you another 4000, meaning pretty much everyone gets 480bb to start.

Also, there's tons of limping in these casino tournaments, but there was even MORE limping that I ever thought possible here - even I wasn't immune (although I relegated my limping to the button with drawing hands). Everyone loved seeing flops, everyone loved playing, and everyone LOVED betting pot at every opportunity. It wasn't until the 2nd hour or so that anyone started betting an amount that WASN'T pot.

The tourney started off slow for me, but it wasn't at my table - we had TWO lag-fish here. One was about 4 seats to my left, who was limping at least 75% of hands and would make a pot-bet or pot-raise 80% of the time he saw a flop. And then there was the Australian gentleman to my left, who kept swearing up a storm and was the only real person at the table who was aggressive preflop, raising at leat 60% of the time. These two clashed a LOT, eventually resulting in the Australian LAG's elimination, re-entry, and F-bombs.

But it was still very slow for me. At one point, after the other LAG lost a big pot when the blinds were at 50/100, I look down at AA83 unsuited on the button. There are already several limps behind me, and pretty much the only thing my hand has going for it is flopping top set, but I try to do that due to the pot odds. However, the seat to my left, a tighter player, suddenly pots it. Then the ultra-LAG repots the pot to commit him for 50bb. This is way too much for me, so I fold, resulting in the tighter man calling with KK89 single-suited and turning a straight on an all-spades board to eliminate the LAG, who had absolute trash.

But this is were it gets interersting - my hand got folded face-up due to some confusion. And EVERYONE at the table is like "How could you fold any hand with two aces?!?!?!?!?!?!?111!!1!eleven!!" And I was thinking "you guys would really play that strongly with AA83, no suits, no draws in PLO?" I don't understand these people sometimes. Probably too used to holdem.

I'm very dead for the rest of the next couple of levels, with my only noteworthy hand being a 899T single-suited that flopped a draw and top pair, missed, and lost to top pair with a better kicker and better draws. It isn't until after the first break, when the blinds reach 300/600, that I finally get an opportunity. With about 30bb left, I call in late position with 7889 single-suited, and the flop is something like 8T2, two hearts. I don't have the hearts, but I get commited anyways - my middle set+open-ended straight draw is up against top pair+flush draw, which was overplayed. A 70% chance like this was one of the better ways I could have gone, and my set holds up without improving. I'm up to 36,000 chips.

A few hands later, I check some suited trash in the big blind. I flop top pair, but everyone checks. The turn brings me a small wrap-draw (think it was about a ten-outer, but I can't remember for certain), and I bet 60% of the pot (3000 into 5000). However, I get 3 callers out of 5. But the river finishes my straight, which is the nuts on the board. I pot it, but everyone folds. I think I played this wrong - I should have potted the turn and made the 60% bet on the river, but I think I was playing my draw more cautiously due to not being that strong.

I soon get moved to another table, and I'm completely dead for the next two hours. I keep losing chips and losing chips, with the few hands I'm playing completely whiffing the flop. Even with 10bb utg, I pot with 899T double-suited, get FOUR callers, and completely whiff, forcing a fold and crippling me to under a starting stack. Finally, after this asian kid with lots of jewlery, who was playing very LAG, limps utg while 5-handed, I get 99TQ double-suited with 5bb left. I pot, he puts me all in with A873 unsuited, and he flops an Ace. I have like 18 outs in draws, but every one of them misses, leaving me in 11th out of 50th place and making me the final table bubble.

It sucks that it had to end like that, but overall I had more fun at this tourney, particularly since everyone was so bad at Omaha. I'd like to play again in the future.

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