I had been playing at a soft microstakes PL08 table for a while but had not accumulated any notable hands until this one came up. Since it features some interesting preflop decision points, and some interesting hypothetical postflop decisions I figured it was blog-worthy.
Pot Limit Omaha H/L
Seat 3: Villain #1 ($18.25)
Seat 5: Villain #2 ($48.05)
Seat 7: Hero ($48.25)
SB posts the small blind of $0.25
Hero posts the big blind of $0.50
The button is in seat #5
*** HOLE CARDS ***
Dealt to PirateLawyer [2d As Qs Qc]
Villain #1 raises to $1.75
Villain #2 raises to $6
Hero calls $5.50 - I am anxious to see a flop with AQQ2 ss and my hand plays well against Villain #2's range.
Villain #1 raises to $18.25, and is all in - It looks as if he has managed to get his stack in with AAxx
Villain #2 calls $12.25 - This cold-call almost certainly means he doesn't have KK
Hero raises to $48.25, and is all in - It's time to build a side pot with an equity edge for the high half and a nut low possibility
Villain #2 calls $29.80, and is all in
Hero shows [2d As Qs Qc]
Villain #1 shows [Ah Ad 2c 8c] - a nice hand to be sure, but his sidecards are marginal against two opponents
Villain #2 shows [Qh 2s Tc Ac] - sure enough, he was raising light preflop with AQT2 ss
*** FLOP *** [Kh 7d Ts]
*** TURN *** [Kh 7d Ts] [Js] - boom! high lock shared with V#2, but I have a spade freeroll
*** RIVER *** [Kh 7d Ts Js] [6s] - gin! a scoop
PirateLawyer shows a flush, Ace high, for high
Villain #2 a straight, Ace high, for high
PirateLawyer wins the side pot with a flush, Ace high
Villain #1 shows a pair of Aces, for high
PirateLawyer wins the main pot with a flush, Ace high
No low hand qualified
*** SUMMARY ***
If this hand had been played more slowly preflop and I see the turn, all my money goes in. But I could be pushed off the hand on the flop, unless I am brave enough to bet out and price myself into calling V#1's shove. It was odd to see all three of us with an A2.
Overall it seems as if I made a +EV play vs. Villain #2's range to salvage the best of an awkward situation where a villain with short chips was able to get it in with the best of it. I was very fortunate to scoop the side pot the way the cards fell, but if money was deep I would have been in the catbird seat with the freeroll on the turn with the current nuts + nut redraw vs. the bare straight.