Phil Hellmuth has inspired dozens of YouTube compilations with his blowups over bad beats. So the fact that Doug Polk has released another video highlighting Hellmuth’s whining is nothing new. But having a world-class player like Polk add commentary to the blowups definitely adds something.
Polk highlighted several top moments by Hellmuth as well as Vanessa Selbst. After looking at a couple of Hellmuth’s blowups, Polk spent the most time on Selbst.
He first made fun of PokerStars’ attempts at making a ‘top 5 poker moments’ video for Selbst, then gave his own take.
One of the highlights featured the infamous William Kassouf using his “speech play” tactic to get information out of her. I must say that Selbst handled this very well, given how annoying Kassouf can be. On a side note, you can see Polk break down the Kassouf WSOP controversy here.
Another top moment sees Selbst at her worst, making bold raises with 7-5 unsuited on a board of Jc-4s-2c. Of course, “Doc” Sands doesn’t play the hand much better, calling and re-raising with a pair of 2s.
“This is an example of how not to play your hand at any point,” says Polk. “So just see this hand, take it in, and don’t do any of it.”
In another hand, Selbst 6-bets Kevin MacPhee with pockets 4s pre-flop, while MacPhee doesn’t play much better, re-raising and calling with A-9 offsuit. After Selbst loses the hand and busts out, she goes off on a rant while speaking with Liv Boeree on the side.
Polk takes exception to this, making fun of how mad she gets after misplaying pocket 4s pre-flop. Polk also catches what is perhaps Selbst’s worst TV hand of all time against Prahlad Friedman, which you can see in the video below: