[Edit re: Hand #1 -- ran equity calculations and found that I was money favourite on the flop. And have enough equity preflop to continue vs. most AAxx hands in villain's range. Just didn't work out this time.]
This was a very interesting PLO8 hand, by my way of thinking. (Sure, the result may have sucked, but did I make +EV decisions on every street?)
The question becomes, does the hand play itself postflop?
Am I mistaken in my decision-making preflop?
Addendum (bad beat story):
sometimes you flop nut/2nd nut and get scooped. Blargh.