Northville Downs has started a Pot-Limit Omaha (PLO) game at 4 PM on Sundays.  The game has $1/$2 blinds and $100-$300 buy in but ran much bigger than that.  About 4 times an orbit there was a $10 button straddle and a couple under the gun straddles which made some really big pots.  If you played in the PLO cash game, you received $10 in free food as well which was a nice touch.  This past Sunday’s game proceeds went to the General Fund of Wayne Chamber of Commerce License # M79352.

PLO is played by dealing 4 cards to each player and you MUST use 2 of the 4 in your hand along with the 3 of the 5 community cards in the middle to make your best 5 card hand.  The betting is just like Hold’em with bets pre-flop and after the flop, turn and river except that with Pot-Limit, you can only bet up to the size of the pot.  At Northville, as will most places, all pots are rounded up to the nearest $5.

All the dealers were very quick and accurate in determining pot sized bets as well as handing 3+ way all in bets.  Outside of 1 flipped card during the 3 hours I played, I do not believe any mistakes were made and only 1 time did a dealer stop dealing cards after 2  for half a second.  The dealers were very good at keeping the flow of the game going as well as enforcing the rules.  There was one person, that I believe was a regular, that was on his phone at the start of hand.  The dealer asked him to get off the phone and he said he would in a second.  She immediately called for the floor to come over but he was off the phone in about 3 seconds so play continued.

I have to say first that I am not a strong PLO player.  I have played some Round by Round in the past and do enjoy the game but I still make a lot of mistakes.  Now saying that, OMG THERE WERE SOME HORRIBLE PLAYS MADE THERE!  People re-potting with J high flushes, calling $50 raises preflop out of position with 358Q single suited and pot sized river bets with 2nd nut straights with a pair on the board.  I wish I had the bankroll to play that game every week!

I have not played many NLHE cash games there yet, just a few tournaments.  The room is about 25 minutes from me so I will probably play there more in the future.  I need to play more NLHE to support my growing PLO habit!  If you stop by the game, don’t hesitate to say hi if I’m there and do tell them you found out about the game here at www.detpokerz.com.