I post a fairly simple hand in terms of strategy as a setup to ask a question about preflop aggression in a crazy game. Any comments welcome.
1/2 PLO game at encore/wynn, 3am 8 handed, super loose crazy table
H: (mP1) ($2300 has everyone covered) fairly new PLO player transitioning from long NLHE past for game selection benefits. Been playing very tight—only premium hands. (FYI I’ve Studied CLP PLO podcasts and vids a ton over past 3 months and played about 5000 hands .25-.50 online — up about $800. Played less than 20 live 1-2 sessions).
V1, (MP2 $2100) very laggy 50ish Ohio loud drunk tourist w 2100, been vpip-ing literally 100% of hands.
V2 (HJ 400) hip hop garb decked out 30 something LA Asian LAG but not as loose as V1. Been up and down, willing to call large flop, turn bets w any 2 pair.
V3 (button 600) 30 year old Australian tourist been playing moderately tight but open raises in EP a lot.
V4 (BB 225) tight 50 year old local Asian been playing tight aggressive, good player but has been taking a beating. Rebuys $200 each time he gets felted which has been a lot. Likes to get all in w good hands as quickly as possible.
$10 straddle by agreement. H opens $30 w AcKsKd8c. V1,2,3 call, v4 (BB) raises to $120. All call (H reraise?)
Flop ($500) Qc9c8d. V4 goes all in for $125, H calls (reraise?), V1pots for $1500, V2 call all in, V3 calls all in. Hero (after letting the dizziness clear) should ????
(I know — not much strategy interest in this hand but I use it as background to ask my next question).
here is my very serious question I thought of all night. What is the point of PF raising in a game like this? The rest of the night I played only premium hands and just tried to see flops as cheaply as possible even w good AA suited hands. Virtually every hand was raised, 60-70% of hands were multi-way preflop, and some were calling big flop/turn bets with baby flushes and 2 pairs. My strategy was very simple—see flops cheap and play for the nuts. Until I hit the nuts I stayed passive and no one tightened up against me (they seemed too worried about each other since I was in few pots). Should I still stay aggressive preflop and with big draws? Why?