river was Q?. Top two pair on the river isn't much
of a hand in Omaha. But these two guys were likely
to have been chasing a low, so I bet. I got one caller,
he showed 4? 9? K? 6?. Like me, he had a draw for
half the pot, but also had a flush draw, so his draw
was much stronger than mine, and he had a draw for
the whole pot. He called me on the river with nothing
but one pair.
His flush draw was for the whole pot because he could
make a flush without putting a possible low on the
board. I couldn't make my straight draw without putting
out a possible low.
My bet on the river was a value bet, but it was a
thin one. My thinking was that the flop had a lot
of potential draws, none of which got there, one player
had been checking and calling, the player who was
betting frequently pushed draws, and, finally I thought
he'd make a weak call because my hand looked like
a draw that had missed since I'd been check/calling.
Through most of the hand, my play was atrocious-passively
calling with only faint hopes of winning anything.
But just ignore that and think about the river bet.
It was a thin bet. But it was a value bet and it was
a good one.