I'm pleased to report a win in a Pot LImit Omaha Hi Lo game on Pokerstars. It was an $8.80 entry fee tournament tonite, with 243 players and a $540 first place prize.
I led the tournament for 2 1/2 hours of the 4 1/2 hour length. I played very tight in the beginning and won a few pots putting me in 20th place after 2 hours. Then the hand that put me in first, I played AQQ2 and the flop dropped a queen. But it also had two hearts. My opponent bet the pot, which I promptly raised to the maximum. He raised all in, and i called. (about equal stacks) He showed his Ax of hearts but did not draw one nor did he get a low and I went into first place.
I continued to play tightly until just before the money line (27 players paid). Then I loosened up a lot and started to raise just about every hand. It worked. A few people called me with short stacks and I took almost all of them out. (One gratefull short stack did beat me twice, and actually ended up in 5th place. But he was the exception.) By the time the money line hit, I had 150,000 of the possible 400,000 chips and the closest player had 50,000. I had to alternate my play between very tight and very loose depending on the different money lines. When we got to 9 players, lots of players loosened up and I lost a few chips, down to about 119,000 until I tightened up again. One player had 89,000 to keep me tight for a while. (He was next chair on my left)
But that did not last long, because the players started getting tight again as money started increasing between places. By the time four people were left, I dominated the chips and it was just a matter of time to get each of them out. I won a few and lost a few down the stretch, but it really did not matter much because the 2nd place player stayed out of the way, looking for the 2nd place money and I kept on raising. Heads up lasted about 10 minutes. I had 300K chips and he had 100K. Final hand was won when he played a low hand, I played a high hand, and the flop was all high cards.
It was fun to be in the dominant position for such a long time. The comments were flowing wildly in the chat window. For about an hour, I turned it off so I could keep my concentration on the players. By the end it seemed everybody had given up on first place, and focused on not losing. That's a good place to be in.
I'd like to see a PLOHL study group formed. Let me know if you are interested. Maybe a PSO instructor could mentor a group?