Since I have been on vacation for a few days, I thought I would change things up and write about a hand that I played in a PL Omaha Hi game the other night. While this is obviously a very different game with different strategy from NL Texas Hold em, the mind set of this hand is similar in either game.
I was a couple of hours into the tournament and doing fairly well. I had built a chip stack of nearly double the average stack and was playing good poker. In middle position I was dealt Ac-Kc-Td-Ts. I limped into the hand and was happy to see Tc-Qh-8d-2s on the flop.
I will not get into the betting patterns at this point because they are not really relevant to the point I am trying to show about the hand. Suffice to say, I got into a confrontation with 1 other player whose chip stack was nearly the same as mine, only short by a few hundred dollars.
Anyway, he called my pot sized bet. The Turn was the Th, giving me quads and at this point an unbeatable hand. To my delight, I was able to keep my opponent in the pot with another large bet.
The river was a Q of diamonds. At this point, with my quad T’s I have to figure that I have the best hand. The only thing that could possibly beat me is if my opponent has pocket Q’s giving him higher quads than mine. This is a possibility that I have to consider, but one that is not likely.
I make another pot size bet, this time he raises, we both get (nearly) all of our chips in the pot and he turns over his Q-Q making higher quads on the river and basically knocking me out of the tournament. (I busted out a few hands later after being crippled down to a few hundred in chips)
What you can take from hands like these, be it in Omaha or Hold’em is really just that sometimes s**t happens. If you are going to lose to higher quads or a better full house, well that is just the way that it goes. You cannot let beats like this get into your head and start influencing the way that you play.
Frustrating? Of course. But, if you are going to fold a hand like quad T’s just in case someone else has quad Q’s, you are not going to get very far in any poker tournament at any time. You have got to play your big hands like the winners that they most times are and if you get beat by a miracle card on the river, then so be it. Move on to the next game and don’t let it get you down!
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