Chuck Liddell…sucks at poker.

September 13, 2008

Please don’t beat me up.

It’s always somewhat mind boggling to watch someone who doesn’t know what they are doing play cards, especially on t.v. against ‘pro’s’.  You really get a chance to see the illogical holdings, the ‘I have a pair, I better call’ mentality, the inability to fold any pair or draw regardless of price, position, or the potential to bust. 

You sir, Mr. Chuck Liddell, fall squarely in the category described above.  Over calling out of position with 6/2o sure, check calling bottom pair on a/6/x board, sure.  Calling off all your stack on a OESD when your nitty opponent puts you in…sure.   My personal favorite was his ‘tell’ of a made hand, putting his head down on his hands, looking ever so innocent.

This is one thing that is great about poker.  Anyone can play the game.  You want to play a $10k event like a homegame?  Fine.  Can I borrow a little $$$ and play too?  Lol.  People with money/fame/satellite entries, don’t need to care about the ‘correct’ ways to play poker, they are playing for fun.  You could obviously see when Chuck was excited, nervous, unsure, confident….that’s why he was playing.  The thrill of moving your chips around in an environment where you know your the underdog.  He said it several times, that the main event was just a fun thing for him to be able to play with the people he watches on t.v.  He did cross the ethical boundary on one discussion with Mark Seif when he told Seif he had made two pair, I think Seif called just so he didn’t have to hear about ‘collusion’ and more cheating – since he is the main figure of Absolute – and we already know about that sites shady mcshadesvilles.

Back to Chuck, and playing for fun…I think that’s cool.  He certainly never claimed to be a good poker player.  He was respectful when he hit big hands, as well as when he lost.  Can you say that when you’ve played against some of the bitter regular/grinders out there…not so much. 

The game NEEDS these players!  Don’t be overly critical next time your playing with the guy splashing around and making two pair with 6/2o…just try and smile and say NH!.  So play on player…keep bashin skulls as your day job, you’re welcome at my table any time.