$300+$40 Pot Limit Omaha (High)
Level 18: 5000/10000
Players Remaining: 6
Average Chips: 352,000
From UTG, big stack Caldwell opened, the field folded, Ting Xiao called out the small, and then surprise – Barry Levanthal made a small reraise to 32,000 from the big. Caldwell more or less snap called, and now, with the pot bloated out of control, the swinging stack of the active Xiao had an interesting choice with about 130,000 left to play.
Xiao stuck it in, true PLO style. Time to Gamble. Next to act, Leaventhal was far more circumpsect, seeming very, very aware of his tournament life. He counted out the call, carefully noting how much he had left. He also had Caldwell to deal with, but it was unlikely he would flat then backraise.
A tricky spot. In any case, Barry called, leaving himself about 7 bbs in the worst case – enough to play.
With Xiao all in, Barry declined to bet, and Caldwell became chatty for the first time, saying that this flop “looked like you”: .
An interesting comment, because Caldwell stuck it in anyway.
Barry called with good queens, but Caldwell just always has it today with another weak aces hand. Barry needed a lot of help. However, it was Xiao who had in his spectulative hand, and a running flush tripled him up and left Leaventhal in 8th for $1231.
Ho on poker: “Don’t hero, or you’ll be a zero.”