Usually, this column deals with no-limit hold ‘em, but today’s subject is pot-limit Omaha, a game that is gaining popularity.
Quick recap: In Omaha, you are dealt four hole cards instead of the two you get
in hold em, and in Omaha you must use exactly two cards from your hand and
exactly three cards from the five-card board to make your best five-card hand.
In pot-limit, the biggest bet can equal, but not exceed, the amount of money already
in the pot.
Two of the best pot-limit Omaha players are Robert Williamson III, dubbed "Mr.
Omaha" for his many titles in the game, and Johnny Chan, the "Orient
Express," and they hooked up in this hand as Chan was chasing a ninth World
Series of Poker bracelet in 2003.
With the blinds at $4,000-$8,000 and three players remaining, Chan limped into
the pot. Williamson woke up with pocket kings and bet the pot about $20,000.
"Were both deep enough that I really want to play a pot, but I dont
want to get shipwrecked on one hand against Johnny because hes the other
deep stack," says Williamson, who stars in the instructional DVD From the
Kitchen Table to the Final Table. "But Id like to have his chips certainly.
"Id already raised a lot of pots, so theyre going to think, Aw,
Roberts trying to take this pot away by making a raise here."
Chan called. The flop came 6-6-2, rainbow. Chan checked.
"In that position, hes shown weakness before the flop and now hes
showing weakness on the flop like hes ready to surrender, "Williamson
says. "I have to bet. I make a stabbing bet to find out where he was. I probably
bet $30,000-$35,000, about half the pot. I just wanted to find out where he was
at, just in case he had A-K-Q-2 double-suited. Sometimes you wake up with a hand
like that. I didnt want to lose all my chips. Johnny smooth-calls again."
Fourth street came an offsuit 8, eliminating the chance of a flush, which is an
important consideration in Omaha because much of the strategy in the game involves
betting on draws. Chan checked.
"Now, though, the alarms already gone off," Williamson says. "I
said, Theres something wrong about this hand. I checked behind
The river came a jack of diamonds.
"Instead of checking there, Johnny makes a mid-sized bet about $50,000
into a $110,000 pot - that forced me to call with two kings. He had two aces."
"He knew it was the best hand and he trapped me into the last bet because
he under bet the pot," Williamson says.
"He knew if he made a big, big bet, I was gone. But he knew I was forced
to call a mid-sized bet on the river. He had me so confused in the hand that I
really didnt know where I was at.
"I wouldnt have been so creative at that stage of the tournament with
aces. But now, to think at the higher level, Ive played that hand that way
several time since."
Gaming: Poker [Betting on Draws]
Betting on Draws: pot-Limit Omaha
By Steve Rosenbloom
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Article posted on 2/21/2006
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