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/Feb/2014

5 card Omaha Revisited

By: TweedleBeetl @ 08:09 (EST) / 372 / Comment ( 0 )

As I have mentioned in an earlier blog, I have been toying with 5 card Omaha and Courchevel. Yesterday I a good day and felt I had played well but decided to review all the large pots. In particular, I examined the all-in spots with an Equity calculator to make sure I had been putting it in good. In this game it can be really difficult to be certain that one has accounted for every out and counter-out

This turned out to be more work than anticipated but hopefully practice will make this easier in the future.

Here follow a few of these hands with equity numbers from the propokertools equity calculator.

I will post more hands from this session in my next blog.

 

Hand 1:

As happens quite a lot at these tables this went 5-handed preflop.

Flop was folded to me so I bet about pot to thin the field, 2 villains folded.
Turn 5d was rather annoying as both flushes and straights got there. I was about to give up and checked. Villain_2 shoved his remaining $3.89 into a the $19.37 pot and surprisingly villain_5 folded.
At this point I am pretty sure I am beat  but pot odds were amazing. I only have to win 14% of the time to make the call profitable.

So, what does the calculator say?

On the flop villain had 36% equity and only needed 32.8% so his call was good (without taking into account 2 more left to act behind)
On the turn I only had 23.68% equity, but as I only needed 14% my call was good too.

 

Hand 2:

Another example were playing out of position puts me in an unpleasant situation.

When villain jams the flop I effectively have to call $19.05 to win a $55.60 pot. I need 34% equity. Surely I have enough with nut flush draw and a gutshot?
Barely. Calculator says I had 40%. Happily, I made my flush on the turn and the river gave villain the only boat that would not beat me. He expressed some opinions in the chat.

 

Hand 3:

Calculator says I have 32% equity on the flop, but needed 34%

 

Hand 4:

Here I did not see villains hand so I had to enter a lot of possibles into the calculator. In general I had reasonable equity on the turn against most of his range, so I should have shoved there.

It is only if I grant him AddKK as a big part of his range that this does not look too good

 

Summary:

An equity calculator is a wonderful tool to double-check one's own evaluation. It is way too easy to misjudge hand values in this game..

 

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