So chili asked me to make some observations of the 20/40 EO game at the bike. so here they are:
1) So far by a far margin I have made the most $$ in the stud 8 rounds. I play tight as Bart has suggested due to the small ante ($3) relative to the blinds and so far so good.
2) Most of the money is made in the omaha rounds . These are always multiway and generally there is a raise. The thing is so far the two biggest winners in these rounds of the regs play fairly loose. Its so antithetical to everything we have ever learned in Omaha.. Play for nuts and there are some hands worth raising and some hands not. These two play very different but I am beginning to wonder that in loose relatively passive games can you really play more aggressive with certain types of hands that are not "premium" and win big?
Ex. All I do is miss my nut nut draws..
So "Joe" is a young asian kid who specializes in Omaha and he is VERY aggressive. Raises virtually every button and likes to play a wide variety of hands. the hand goes 4 ways and I have AJ24 ds and I call from the SB. Against Joes range I could threebet but being out of position is just really tough because he WILL represent anything if you check so building a big pot in my mind really doesnt do any good. I stick with value..
Flop K 35.. This is just a monster and I decide to go ahead and bet. I want to bet into Joe since most players will check to the raiser and I want to build a pot with such equity. I am suited to the ace in spades and there is one spade and i have J high hearts and there is one heart.. I bet everyone calls Joe raises I threebet another player in between caps it and everyone calls
Turn 9 hearts. So now I have the jack high flush draw and uncounterfeitable low wrap I go ahead and bet again. Now a field player raises and I assume she has hit the 9 some how ..probably two pair. everyone calls.
River os 10.. so sick.. I brick everything.. everyone checks to a field player who for the first time bets at the pot and Joe calls..everyone else folds.. Joe has 9924 suited to the heart.. and the guy that scoops a now $1500 pot has QQJT no suits.. omg how did he get to the river and hit his gin card.. It turns out that another player had pocket Ts for the sucker end of the straight and this guy hit a 1 outer to scoop this ginourmous pot..
This is just an example but I have seen Joe play JJ64 for a raise and the other big winner Suzie play hands like T245 ds or 8634 ds and win big pots..
When I played this past sunday I won almost $1500 in the stud rounds but lost $2100 in the omaha rounds. mainly because I bricked every big nut low drawing hands. So I am going to reconsider playing uber tight and aggressive and maybe open up a bit near the button and especially if I have low straight card rundowns and limp a bit more in ep with A2xx hands and pretty much only raise with high pair and good low hands.. Like AA2x and the like. Even though I might not scoop as many pots the pots themselves are generally so large that even winning half is many times over $200 and a few pots like that thoughout the session should really help.
I have a Bovada account where I practice and if you are serious about getting better I strongly suggest you get an online account to get hands in. You might not ever be able to cash out but who cares if you real purpose is to get in the volume and you dont have a good game local to play.