Pot Limit Omaha has a lot of decision points, especially with the complications of ICM, that absolutely no one on earth knows how to solve or sort.
Panev found himself mired in one of these recently. The final table has been holding at six players for going on two hours, no one wanting to be the first to bust out.
Bryan Carroll raised under the gun to 70,000 and Panev flat-called on the button. Everyone else got out of the way.
The flop came Th 6s 4d and the pot was 190,000. It was a relevant number because it was the bet size that Carroll chose for the flop. Panev did not take too much time to call, leaving himself only 210,000 behind.
The turn card was the Kd.
So Th 6s 4d, Kd (pot = 570,000). Carroll put his opponent all-in. What a price Panev was getting!
Now he had a long think about it. He put his head in his hands. He shook his head. You know the kind of torture we are talking about. But we couldn’t pin down what exactly Panev had. We guess it wasn’t a set that he flatted with on the flop — maybe a T high run down — flopped top pair and a gutter or three? If it was the low run, 7-6-5-3 type hand we can understand his consternation.
It is all unclear. Panev finally folded and Carroll rocketed up the chip ladder without a showdown.