Bad beats, eh? Daniel Negreanu got into hot water this summer by using salty language will live streaming tournaments this summer. Twitch banned him temporarily because his live stream captured NSFW and coarse language that was against their live streaming policy. Luckily, JokeBro (h/t Reddit) was on the ball and spliced together a complication video with some of the highlights (or lowlights from Kid Poker's perspective) from the 2020 WSOP.
Look, we've all been there. Bad beats and online poker go hand-and-hand. I had a roommate in Las Vegas that was an SNG specialist, but he would destroy his computer mouse whenever he suffered a bad beat. He had a couple of extra ready to go on standby if one of the previous mice were sacrificed during an outburst of rage and anger when some schnook sucked out on him with a three outer.
My buddy Benjo once told me a funny story about French pro Arnaud Mattern. Sometimes he took a bad beat and threw his mouse across the room. There was a computer store downstairs from his flat in Paris. He asked the store owner for the cheapest possible replacement mouse. Of course, the store owner notice he would come back to the store frequently and one day asked him if he'd like to buy a more expensive model because he's constantly coming into the store to buy new ones. Mattern smiled and said, "No thank you, these cheap ones work perfectly."
I knew a guy from Atlantic City named Tony the Stereo Guy (I assumed he sold car stereos) that hand an unfortunate incident involving a series of bad beats and poor judgement. He took a bad beat n a cash game when his aces were cracked and he got felted. He rebought and two hands later, he busted again on a bad beat. He got up and slammed the door to the basement. The door swung open so he tried to kick it close. It slammed shut, but then he kept kicking it until he fractured a toe and sprained another.
My buddy Graham, a Kiwi living in Melbourne and a regular at the Crown Casino, kept a punching bag on his patio. Whenever he suffered a bad beat, he stepped outside and whaled on the punching bag until he felt better. Sometimes, it only took one big wallop to get off tilt, while other days it would take him several minutes of nonstop pummeling before he felt good enough to return to the virtual tables.
In real life, poker players have to keep their cool whenever they suffer a bad beat. The TV cameras will capture Phil Hellmuth when he has a meltdown, but that behavior is considered uncouth and poor etiquette. Sure, bad beats happen, but you have to maintain your cool since it's a public setting and on private property.
People love online poker because they can play anytime, anywhere. The anywhere part is convenient, especially when you're at home. Since you're in your own humble abode and have all the privacy you want, you can go completely mental after you suffered a bad beat. You can scream as loud as you want and hurl obscenities at the computer screen... because there's no recourse. It's like a tree falling in a forest adage. If you get sucked out on, go ahead and rage out until you get it out of your system and you can resume play.
In Daniel Negreanu's case, the comforts of home made him drop his guard because in those moments of real disappointment and anger, he lost his mind while on a live stream.
It happens, but the poker world goes berserk over it because he's a public figure and ambassador. I thought it was sorta funny, but it also revealed that Kid Poker is a human, just like the rest of us and even the top pros in the world get tilted by bad beats. The difference is that the pros are much quicker at putting the suckout out of their heads and focusing on the next hand.
The Doug Polk and Daniel Negreanu Heads-Up Challenge starts shortly, but here's a quick video to keep you entertained before the big match begins…