haha -- tricked you into reading a plo thread!!
2/5 PLO, live. $300-1000. stacks range from $500-3500.
hero ($1460) has won a couple of pots without showdown after getting into a well established game. i recently just showed down a hand that i won in a 4 way pot after the flop checked thru, then 4 players put in two bets on the turn when i turned 2nd set of 9s (with no straight) and though 2 different straights completed on the river, hero won with 3 9s. most villians know me fairly well and expect that i generally have what i'm representing (though probably some are aware that I can use blockers and bluff cards)
UTG+2 ($3000) is on my left (and is one of the guys who i don't know at this table) and has adjusted from small raises pre almost every hand after i've punished him a couple of times by re-pot squeezing pre after everyone called his initial raise. he stopped raising every hand and is now raising probably about 35% pre.
BB ($560) is a guy who i've known for a long time. he is generally pretty solid and knows the game fairly well. he doesn't ever play holdem anymore. however, he has been losing tonight and has made some mannerisms and vocalizations that lead me to think that he is teetering on the verge of tilt, if not already there. he paid off in a big pot earlier by check/calling river in a spot that i think was an easy fold -- i was kinda surprised.
hero ($1460) limps UTG+1 with KdJdJh8s. UTG+2 raises pot to $20, 5 callers to me, i call.
checks to hero. hero checks? pots? bets 1/2 pot?
my thoughts are: 1) i have the nuts -- get $ in, 2) there are almost no blank cards except for a 6,5,4,3, so if i bet strong and get 1 or more callers, i pretty much have to check/fold most turns. in a 7 way raised pot, it is almost guaranteed that someone has some kind of wrap -- the curse of the JTx flop -- it completely crushes ranges in single raised pots, especially in plo. if i bet and get raised, do i want to play for stacks with no redraw and almost no blanks?