What Did They Have? Play Along with DurrrrChallenge

It’s time to sharpen your Omaha skills with DurrrrChallenge.com. In the largest pot of the February 13th micro session of the Tom Dwan Million Dollar Challenge, no hole cards were exposed. Therefore, we thought it was appropriate to play the hand out with PokerXFactor instructor Chris “Fox” Wallace and see what Tom Dwan and Patrik Antonius may have held. Buckle up; it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Seat 1: durrrr ($41,398.50)
Seat 2: Patrik Antonius ($78,598.50)
durrrr posts the small blind of $200
Patrik Antonius posts the big blind of $400

durrrr raises to $1,200
Patrik Antonius calls $800

Chris Wallace: After looking at a ton of Durrrr Challenge hands, I know these guys are very aggressive pre-flop. We learn nothing about Durrrr’s hand from a single pre-flop raise, but we can guess that Antonius doesn’t have a monster here or he would be re-raising. Because Durrrr only has 100 big blinds, as short as stacks get in these games, re-raising with a big hand would be mandatory for Antonius. The value of deception wouldn’t be worth nearly as much as the value of getting Durrrr to commit at least 10% of his stack.

FLOP: 10c-Jc-4s
Patrik Antonius bets $2,400
durrrr calls $2,400

Chris Wallace: Antonius bet doesn’t mean that much. He could still have a wide range here and would bet any draw and most of his made hands. A bluff is unlikely because he can usually expect to be called with this board texture, but it’s certainly possible.

TURN: 2s
Patrik Antonius bets $7,200
durrrr calls $7,200

Chris Wallace: I’m sure that Antonius has a hand. He knows that Durrrr can get it all-in with a wide range of hands, so if he bluffs twice at a board like this, he is not afraid of having to fold to a re-raise. With most players, we would assume that Antonius has a made hand and Durrrr has a big draw, but with these guys, you can never be sure.

RIVER – 9d
Patrik Antonius bets $21,600
durrrr raises to $30,598.50, and is all in
Patrik Antonius folds

Chris Wallace: I have no idea what happened here. Antonius bets and then folds on the river when he’s getting tremendous odds on a call. This Challenge gets a little stranger every time I read about a hand. This could easily be a misclick or Antonius not noticing stack sizes.

Remember that four tables of heads-up Omaha is a lot of thinking and a lot of hands popping up at you demanding your attention. Playing that many hands can throw anybody into autopilot and, when that happens, you can make bad plays accidentally. This can’t be an intentional bet/fold on the river by Antonius; there is something else we don’t understand in this hand. My guess is that Antonius would be cursing loudly if he saw how small the re-raise was that caused him to fold.

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