Showing when the flush card hits
Hi Poker Junkies!
I played an interesting hand of PLO:
Pot Limit Omaha, $1/$2, six-handed
My stack: $173
My hand: Ah Kh Jh 2c
My position: cutoff
I raise the pot, the button re-raises pot, I call. Pot size: $45
Flop: Ad Qd Th
I bet the pot, button calls. Pot size: $135
I move all in with $107.
What do you think of my shove on the turn? Would you consider folding here?
Thanks for your question.
The situation you describe is very interesting and a common one in Omaha. You flop the nuts, bet it hard and a scare card hits on the next street. Someone has said that flopping the Broadway straight in Omaha is mostly trouble - which the hand in question proves. Let's take a closer look.
Your opponent three bets pre-flop in position and you call with your half decent hand (at least for short-handed games).
The flop hits you perfectly, but is at the same time very intimidating. You've flopped the Broadway straight - the nuts! But this is still a very scary flop and (most importantly) you lack good re-draws.
On a flop like this you have to be cautious, especially if the stacks are deep. You want to protect your hand, but at the same time avoid getting all your chips in against an opponent with the same hand that is freerolling on your chip stack with a re-draw. If your opponent has the straight, but also a set, two-pair or a flush draw (which is not that unlikely on a board like this), then you're in big trouble. But when your pot bet only gets called you can be pretty sure that you hold the best hand (if your opponent is cautious he could also be holding the same straight).
So let us analyze what range of hands he could be holding here. We don't have any info about what type of player he is so we'll assume that he's neither very loose nor super tight, but something in-between. You raise from the cut-off preflop, which is a very common move in short-handed PLO. So a decent opponent could three-bet with a pretty wide range of hands if he believes you're trying to steal the pot. But the cold call on the flop narrows it down quite a bit.
As far as I am concerned there are only three types of hands that a decent player would call the flop with here. Either he holds the same straight without re-draws (but are scared that you do), or he has a set or a flush-draw.
With this range I like the fact that you go all-in on the turn. Sure the Jd that completes the flush is a scary card, but not enough reason to shut down. The hand is heads up and as we've seen there's still a good chance that you have the best hand. So if you've decided to stay in the hand you should definitely bet here. This has two positive effects; you don't give your opponent a free card and a possibility to draw out on you if he holds a set and you can get him to fold if he hold the same straight as you. You run the risk of putting all your money in against a flush, but you're not completely dead with the re-draw to a full house that you've picked up.
To sum it up, I think it is correct to shove in this situation with less than a pot bet left. It's possible to argue for a fold here, but we have to remember that we're playing short-handed PLO and if you folded here every time you would be giving up to much.