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More PLO, and Super Turbos

June 2, 2008

Alright, more personal poker stuff, which may not be interesting to general readers.

I’m still working on learning PLO, playing the 0.10 tournies on PokerStars, and some 0.02/0.05 6 max games. One thing that it’s doing is helping me to look for draws and draws that come in (although last night in a Hold’em game I totally missed the fact that on a 543 flop when the 2 came on the turn I forgot that an Ace calling my flop bet would fill a straight. Fortunately he bet enough that I folded my paired 2 that I was semi-bluffing a OESD with).

I’m learning to look for monsters, ’cause with 4 hole cards monsters usually win the pots. I’m also learning not to write off what would be gut shot draws filling on the turn or river ’cause with wrap around straights they’re not gut shot draws anymore.

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The other new thing that I’m finding interesting is a new Super Turbo that Fulltilt has designed. It’s a $3.50 + .30 rake one table turbo with only 300 starting chips and the blinds at 15/30, increasing in typical turbo speed. This means that everyone starts with 10 BBs, meaning everyone should be in push/fold mode. Of course that’s not the case as people are still limping even when the blinds rise. And it’s fast; they only take 20 minutes or so to play. Maybe that’s why the rake is so low; we don’t use very much server time to play a complete game. 🙂

I think standard turbo approach applies; early on fold everything except the top 5 – 6 hands and shove those, unless you want to take a risk and minraise AA/KK from late position in an unopened pot in order to try to get more value. Survival is paramount early on, as is keeping as many chips as you can until the blinds rise and the table gets shorter. People get far too involved or too aggressive early on (last game UTG shoved first hand and I called with AA; he had shoved T5s) and either knock themselves out or lose chips and then have to gamble early to get back into it.

From late position you can shove mid-ish pairs as well, or just raise if you’ve already picked up a few chips and can fold to a shove. If you’re thinking about just raising always keep an eye on the other stack sizes because a short stack (and there will always be lots of these) behind you may shove and you might be forced to call just because of pot odds.

As people donk out and the blinds rise, fold equity becomes huge. Start shoving standard short table/short stack hands to pick up the blinds. Don’t call without having a better hand than you expect your opponent to be shoving with, unless they have a tiny stack relative to yours.

So far not bad; played 10 in two days, ITMed 6 times, cost of $38, return of $59.84 for a net of $21.84, ROI of 57%.

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