Aug 21 2008

#5c: YouTube video analysis of poor play

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I’m not the only one out there who think’s he’s PokerStars’ gift to ULBPC events. Player "BuckLoX" uploaded a string of YouTube video lessons in which he rationalizes his poor playing skills. Mind you, the guy admits he suffers from attention deficit disorder. In one video, he plays a $5,000 heads-up sit&go where he mucked an offsuit AQ on the very first hand to a minimum pre-flop raise — soon followed by a pair of jacks that he called "worthless," tossing them in the muck to a minimum pre-flop raise. Believe it: his commentary is so painfully bad that he’s developed a cult following on certain poker chat boards!

Let’s start with "Poker Lesson #1: Never let avatars push you around." He starts off by dismissing the players as "morons except for me." He then glances at some of the players’ "weird" avatars before focusing on a rather innocuous "deuche bag" wearing a baseball hat whose face might put this guy on tilt later in the game. For reasons known only to "BuckLoX," he doesn’t choose to block the avatar for "jdubb220."

"BuckLoX" picks up a suited 62 in the cutoff on the first hand. He calls it a worthy hand to play from the cutoff as a "flush draw." Sure enough, "jdubb220" raises under the gun to 9xBB, obeying the #3 scenario for the first two hands of an ULBPC event. "BuckLoX" makes a bad decision to re-raise to 20xBB. (But hey: let’s give credit where due. If you’re going to see a flop with a suited 62, you want to be in very late position and you definitely want to raise or re-raise with it. "BuckLoX" meets these criteria. It simply won’t work during the first two hands of an ULBPC event.)

"BuckLoX" re-raises nearly 1/3 of his stack before the very first flop. Everyone else folds, giving him position, but his opponent will be heads-up if he calls — and if that guy’s hand was worth raising 9xBB under the gun, then it’s certainly worth calling twice that amount, out of position. "jdubb220" calls and "BuckLoX" utters in amazement when they go to the flop with 830 in the pot. He pairs his deuce and quickly calls a bet of 160, getting 6:1 in position to see the turn. The pot is now 1150. The turn brings a king and "BuckLoX" decides he’ll use the card to his advantage, fully expecting his opponent to check. But "jdubb220" bets 560 so quickly that "BuckLoX" lingers his mouse over the call button for a moment before finally realizing his predicament. He then mutters "whatever" and folds, muttering the guy probably "got lucky" on the turn with something like an offsuit K7.

{Personally, I don’t think K7 makes sense here unless it’s suited spades. Sure, the person under the gun could have any two cards in the #3 scenario. But facing a queen on the flop, I’d say "jdubb220" is testing the waters with a suited ace that paired its kicker, or a middle pair from sixes to eights, or any spade draw — or he’s trying to goad the re-raiser to push all in with a queen against his pocket kings or aces. We can see two deuces, so I can’t put him on pocket deuces; and he didn’t check, which leads me to dismiss pocket fives and pocket queens. The meek call on the flop from "BuckLoX" telegraphs the fact he doesn’t have a queen, and "jdubb220" feels confident enough to make his opponent pay dearly on the turn. At this point I’d put him on big slick, a suited spade king, pocket aces, a spade draw with an inside straight draw, or perhaps kings-up.}

"BuckLoX" coincidentally picks up K7 on the second hand of the game. "This is actually a pretty good hand: king high with a seven kicker," he declares, just ten seconds after he’d brushed off "jdubb220" for getting "lucky" with the same hand. He also ignores the fact his K7 faces eight other players at the table with four players behind him. Indeed, "BuckLoX" decides his hand is powerful enough to bust "jdubb220" because, "like I said, I don’t like that guy right now." Already facing three limpers, he raises to 9xBB and reminds us that he has position — only to retract the claim when the button calls his raise. "jdubb220" wisely sacrifices his big blind, leaving "BuckLoX" to duke it out with the rest of the table. The three limpers fold and "BuckLoX" goes heads-up out of position. The flop brings a king and "BuckLoX" pushes all in, hoping the guy will call with a backdoor diamond draw or a straight draw. (He fails to mention an obvious spade draw on the board.) The button folds and he congratulates himself for "scaring" his opponent out of the pot.

"BuckLoX" picks up 94 in late-middle position. He’s the third to limp. The button limps in fourth and "jdubb220" raises to 6xBB from the SB. "BuckLoX" utters disbelief and decides to call. The other limpers fold and these two again go heads-up. The pot is 360 and the flop brings a 9-high rainbow. "jdubb220" check-folds when "BuckLoX" bets 480 (roughly half his remaining stack). He then tells us he likes 94 over A9 on that flop because the 4 gives him "straight possibilities."

"BuckLoX" has recovered to a healthy stack of 1430 chips and he picks up Q6 in middle position. He folds without thinking, then mutters "I don’t know why I folded a queen there. I wasn’t paying attention! Jesus! Look at all these morons. So, they all know I folded, so this next hand I’m gonna push all in." He then gets into an argument with "jdubb220" over why he called the previous hand with an offsuit 94. "BuckLoX" chides the guy for for playing K7 in their previous heads-up. After the argument, he restates his intention to go all in on the next hand "no matter what cards I have." He then makes an amazing statement: "I prefer lower hands because everyone knows that winning with lower cards is much better than winning with higher cards. I mean, it just feels better."

One player has just busted out and "BuckLoX" picks up A2 under the gun with seven opponents. He pushes all in and then admits "I’m not gonna be surprised if I get called by AA or QQ." One player calls for his remaining 1350 with pocket nines and "jdubb220" overcalls them both with a suited AJ. "BuckLoX" sighs with disbelief. The board brings two pair. Pocket nines triples up and the ace-holders tie.

"BuckLoX" utters an amazing statement: "I had an ace, I was the favorite, except for that moron had an ace [as well]." In reality, pocket nines was the favorite with 51.1%, followed by "jdubb220" at 36.8%, with "BuckLoX" trailing at 8.7%. They stood a 3.1% chance for a two-way ace chop and a 0.34% chance for a three-way chop. "BuckLoX" got lucky in the sense that his kicker didn’t play.

"jdubb220" is crippled with less than 200 chips. "BuckLoX" is down to 80 chips and confidently declares "I still have some chips." He picks up 53 in the big blind, which consumes 1/4 of his stack. It’s typical in an ULBPC event to see limpers come in against multiple crippled stacks and, as expected, two limpers come in. The small blind raises 4xBB, which would put "BuckLoX" all in. He’s convinced the SB has a pocket pair, but he rationalizes he’ll push all in anyway because he has "straight possibilities."

{If you realize you’re in the big blind with only 3xBB left to your name, and if you recognize the fact two people limped, and if the SB actually dares to raise you all in … you can call with any two cards and just pray one of the limpers will fold.}

So "BuckLoX" pushes all in with his offsuit 53 because of its "straight possibilities." Five cards hit the felt and he temporarily misreads the board, thinking he made a straight. The small blind turns over a suited T9 and wins the pot. "BuckLoX" busts out in eighth place.

"BuckLoX" tries to issue one final insult to "jdubb220," but PokerStars doesn’t let players talk to the table after they bust out. He finishes the video by saying "Well, I guess that’s gonna do it for my tournament. Hopefully next time A2 holds up for once. I mean, you hear about this badness on the forums of all your poker sites, and you just witnessed it. I mean, eighth place: that sucks! All right, I’m gonna go {‘find’?} some more noobs…"


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