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Tip of the day: Do not play PLO against Ben Grundy

Tags: Ben Grundy, Milkybarkid, Omaha.
Posted on 12 December 2008 by "T".

When you have a look at the stats of the British Omaha specialist Ben Grundy you will hardly believe your eyes. He has hardly even had two losing sessions in a row over the whole year and he has been accused of being a "super user" several times (which is not the case). Ben Grundy recently published his results for the year of 2008.

Grundy have played 34 036 hands in 2008 and he has made a profit of $2 605 150 which makes it a nice $7918 profit per day he has been playing.

Just have a look at this graph of his play at 25/50 PLO at Full Tilt Poker during 2008.

And then there is the graph of his play at the 50/100 PLO tables for 2008 that is even better.

Ben Grundy mentions some of his goals for 2009 in his own blog and to say that he is setting the bar high is an understatement.

These are the goals for 2009 that Grundy published in his blog:

- Win $2 million+ online
- Win $500k+ in tourneys
- Cash in a WSOP event in Vegas
- Get involved in some 500/1000 action
- Have a winning year staking
- Play 25000 hands minimum at 100/200+

It will be very interesting to see if he will manage to live up to all of these goals that he has set for himself. Even though he is an excelent cash game player he has been struggling with the tournament play. I would not be surprised if he ended up winning some big PLO tournament in 2009 however.

Last year he had set up 7 goals and out of those he managed to live up to 5 of them.

These were the goals he has set up for the year of 2008:

- Number one aim to practice better bankroll management and game selection. I will not allow myself to make the same mistakes that I did this year
- Play some high stakes cash games in Bobby's room at the Bellagio
- Get luckier in tournaments fail
- Crush the big PL Omaha games online
- Have a winning year at NL Hold'em cash
- Play less poker fail
- Don't lose over 50% of my bankroll in January as I have for the last two years.

As you can see from the goals for 2008 he failed to play less poker in 2008, this is probably because of the enormous hot streak he has been on in 2008.

In his blog Grundy is also telling his readers that he has treated himself to a brand new car, and it's not just any car. He bought the Daytona Grey Audi R8 which is shown in the picture below, pretty decent car.

In the blog he is also saying that he has virtually stopped playing poker online for this year since he just wants to wind down a bit and spend Christmas with his friends and family without the interruption of online poker. He will however make an appearance in some live tournaments during December so he will not be completely cut of from the poker world.

 


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11 comments on "Tip of the day: Do not play PLO against Ben Grundy"

 Calmplay12/12/2008 18:05:58 GMT
I should put myself some goals too for next year & see how it will go. Never did that before so maybe it's a very good thing.
 GamblinDemon12/12/2008 20:20:05 GMT
Oh my god, what a succesful year! let's see what he will do the next ones! does he play online as well?... well i don't think i will never meet in since he plays too high for my roll
 Predobar13/12/2008 03:49:32 GMT
I wonder what Ben Grundy(FTP)+All Aliases means, anyone.

I have one goal too, nothing big, keep all of my poker office profit stats in green and over +10BB/100 hands. Now that I finally gave up on casinos those stats could finally start to reflect my bankroll balance.
 taavi1913/12/2008 08:43:08 GMT
I wish I had graphs like this. He is playing perfect game.
 doomdy13/12/2008 09:04:45 GMT
WTF thats an amazing graph, look at the 2nd one omg Shock
 Calmplay14/12/2008 16:20:48 GMT
Hehehe Big Smile a nice $7918 profit per day? Worship keep the good job Ben Thumbs Up if I could have make 10% of that amount per day I won't complain Agree
 Doig8015/12/2008 23:50:59 GMT
tbh I have watched and followed quite a lot of Ben's hands, lets face it hes pretty much a fish who gets lucky at the rigth time! some of the hands he raises n plays reraises of........ but hey it works, hes one of 1 in a million player who fishes bad hands, gets lucky n makes alot of money! it works for him but I am certain others would not be so lucky adopting his game play, i.e fish, fish, fish and a little more fish!
 dangorka16/12/2008 05:17:09 GMT
Posted by Doig80:
tbh I have watched and followed quite a lot of Ben's hands, lets face it hes pretty much a fish who gets lucky at the rigth time! some of the hands he raises n plays reraises of........ but hey it works, hes one of 1 in a million player who fishes bad hands, gets lucky n makes alot of money! it works for him but I am certain others would not be so lucky adopting his game play, i.e fish, fish, fish and a little more fish!


yeah,it's amazing...8000 dollars...wow...
 doomdy16/12/2008 08:08:26 GMT
Posted by Doig80:
tbh I have watched and followed quite a lot of Ben's hands, lets face it hes pretty much a fish who gets lucky at the rigth time! some of the hands he raises n plays reraises of........ but hey it works, hes one of 1 in a million player who fishes bad hands, gets lucky n makes alot of money! it works for him but I am certain others would not be so lucky adopting his game play, i.e fish, fish, fish and a little more fish!

I think you see it totally wrong but i guess you dont understand....

I mean he must do sometin right dont ya think Blink
 Predobar16/12/2008 13:43:37 GMT
No fish is lucky entire year without help. No way. I never watched him play a single hand but stats should count for something. In Omaha it is more important to know what range of cards are your opponents likely to play than Hold`em and if you can manage that you are about to have graphs pointing skywards too. It may look fishy but in fact it is just a mastered Omaha play. Even in Hold`em knowing what Your opponent might have from your out cards can give you the edge sometimes, especially in pots with 3+ players.

In Omaha 3+ players on flop are common situation and they are holding 12+ out of the 52 cards in their hands and folding on flop rather than turn or river can save you lot of money in PL Omaha. Figure the math yourself if you don`t trust me.
 shokaku16/12/2008 15:49:41 GMT
No one can get lucky over so many hands.

Maybe you are judging his play based on your experience with holdem. But omaha is different. Value of draws vs made hands changes a lot.

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