This is a hand a friend of mine played last weekend. He’s working on transitioning from NLHE to PLO, and is willing to spend the money learning by fire. We discussed this hand a bit last night in passing (socially, not strategically), but I thought about it a lot after the fact. Wanted to throw this out there and see what others think…
Villain is well-dressed white guy in his 40s. Pretty conservative, hasn’t gotten out of line too much. Hero doesn’t recall seeing this much strength from him ever. Meanwhile, hero is late twenties kid who fits the “internet wizard” stereotype – very splashy and aggressive.
$5/$5 PLO. $1750 Effective (Hero covers).
Villain raises to $20 in CO. Hero on button calls with A♦ Q♣ 9♦ 7♣. Blinds fold.
Pot $45 after rake. Flop A♥ Q♠ 7♦. Villain bets $40. Hero raises to $120. Villain calls.
Pot $285. Turn 5♠. Villain checks. Hero bets $200. Villain raises to $500. Hero calls.
Pot $1285. River 5♣. Villain shoves $1100. Hero?
I’m a PLO rookie, but here’s my thought process. Preflop with position seems okay to me. Villain’s not opening that light here, but with double-suited high cards, I think a call is fine. On the flop, we crush everything. It is hard for villain to have a set, so villain probably has a pair and a high rundown, like AKJT or something like that. We’re doing pretty well against that hand, so we can raise for value. Villain’s call is consistent with that.
On the turn, a BDFD appears, so it’s possible villain has AKJT with the NFD with his turn checkraise. I guess I don’t know with this action how often villain has the one remaining combo of AA or QQ. Is the call here standard? I first thought hero should be reraising the turn, but maybe not?
The river is pretty sick. The straight and flush draws brick, but sets fill up. This is such a polarizing bet. Hero tanked and tanked and tanked, trying to talk to villain, who didn’t talk and didn’t take his eyes off the board. Hero ended up folding. I think that’s the right play too – I just couldn’t see a conservative player take this line without a set/FH, but my PLO experience is limited. What do you guys think?