How “King Instagram” Plays Heads-Up Poker (Analysis)

You might already know and bilzerian. The man was nicknamed the claim of “King Instagram” had made the whole wealth of playing poker – which was contested (see: Did Bilzerian win the money in poker?). It’s hard to know how the bilzerian approaches a poker strategy because it mainly plays in a high-time betting match. However, in 2017, he played a cash-up cash game session (on the Bill Perkins’ account) which immediately switched to twitching. The following hand damage from the wild session will give you a look at how the Bilzerian really plays. (If you prefer to watch to read, watch Doug Polk videos in this session.)

Plays Heads-Up Poker

Hand # 1: Run like and

$ 10 / $ 20 Hunl. Effective stack $ 3,647.50.
Bilzerian is Dealt K  J  in Big Blind
The opponent raises to $ 50, bilzerian rises to $ 264, call opponents.It’s well played by the Bilzerian here before failure. K  J  is a 3-bet standard in this place against the loose button stockpiling range in head-up games.Flop ($ 519): Q  2  T
Bilzerian handed $ 346, call opponents.

Bilzerian has a clear value bet with bean flush both.

Turn ($ 1,211): 5
Bilzerian handed $ 807.33, call opponents.

It turns unchanged and the bilzerian follows with another 66% betting. This size was very reasonable because, if his opponent called, it helped him to push all-in on the river.

River ($ 2,825.66): 7
Bilzerian hand all-in with $ 2,234.71, call opponents.

At this point, the bilzerian has second beans and a clear place to encourage value. Luckily for him, his opponent has a lower flush with 3  4 .

RESULTS Bilzerian shows K  J  and won a pot of $ 7.3K
Opponents Mucks 3  4


Hand # 2: Ambitious Bluff

$ 10 / $ 20 Hunl. Effective stack $ 7,956.72. Bilzerian is handled Q  T  in the big blind
The opponent raises to $ 60, bilzerian rises to $ 260, call opponents.QTO is of course a hand that can be played versus the increase button, but the bilzerian decision for 3-bets is a mistake. If the opponent becomes 4-bet, the Bilzerian will be in a bad situation where it calls (versus a very strong range) or fold (and hand over his hand equity). Also, the hands of high offsuit cards like this are performing very well as a call.Flop ($ 519): A  A  5
The bilzerian handed $ 259.50, the opponent raised to $ 620, bilzerian raised back to $ 1,780, call opponents. Even though he has raised failure, this is a better board for the reach of the bilzerian as a 3-bettor, so firing a small C-bet is the right game. Smaller size will be a little better (~ 33% pot instead of ~ 50% pot), but the size is fine. Versus increases, bilzerian has a very easy fold. The range in this place must contain many strong hands that can continue to this increase (AK-ATO, KK-99, a flush draw), so this hand, which leads to the bottom of its reach, must be about dirt. However, Bilzerian felt delicious, when he turned to Bill Perkins to ask what he had to do in this place. Perkins responded “increases or folds” and the bilzerian went with the first, making a 3-betting flop which was not recommended to be $ 1,780.

Turn ($ 4,079): 3
Bilzerians have $ 2,420, call opponents.

After his opponent said the rise to failure, the bilzerian had to wave a white flag with his stutter. The opponent’s range is likely to consist of a trip, a full house, and maybe draw flush, and the Bilzerian should not expect the hand to fold.

River ($ 8,919): 2
Bilzerian handed all-in $ 2,496.72, opponents call all-in.

The river complements the flush draw, so now there is no hand in the range of bilzerian opponents that will be folded into the strike strike, especially when pushing a number of less than 30% of the pot. At this point on the river, Bill Perkins was in the background trying to convince Bilzerian to give up on his snapping. Bilzerian applies to it, however, and his opponent drags a decent sized pot.

RESULTS Opponents show q  and win a pot of $ 14k.

Hand # 3: Aces Pocket

$ 10 / $ 20 Hunl. Effective stack $ 9,482.14.
Bilzerian is handled  a  in a big blind. The opponent raises to $ 60, bilzerian rises to $ 260, call opponents. Bilzerian took the preflop and 3-bets up to 13bb during the 3BB increase. He was clearly true for 3-bet, although the slightly larger size would be more appropriate considering a very deep stack (475BB).
Flop ($ 519): 3  2  4
Bilzerian handed $ 346, call opponents.This is a good flop bet by bilzerian with its overpair.Turn ($ 1,211): 5
Bilzerian handed $ 807.33, call opponents.

With a straight lower end here, the bilzerian must lean towards checking or bet smaller because his opponent will not call with many more hands versus this big bet.

River ($ 2,825.66): 5
Bilzerian handed $ 1,883.77, call opponent.

The pairs of board and bilzerian decided to go with a thin value with the wheels. This bet is too thin. If the opponent calls, the best case scenario bilzerian cuts the pot against the same straight. The worst scenario, he will oppose a higher or full straight house. It would make more sense to the Bilzerian to check and call the bet, turning his hand into a cliff catcher on the river. This will give his opponent the opportunity to bully with his hands like a flush draw missed.

RESULTS Bilzerian shows  a
Opponents show 6  9  and win a pot $ 7k

Hand # 4: Largest Pan Session

$ 10 / $ 20 Hunl. Effective stack $ 9.252.75.

Bilzerian is handled Q  J  on the button. Bilzerian rose to $ 60, opponent 3-bet up to $ 260, a 4-bet bilzerian up to $ 680, call opponent. Bilzerian makes the standard open on the button and face 3 bets from their opponents. With this hand like this, the Bilzerian most must call – and he must always call if the stack is closer to 100BB. However, because the stack is very deep (412BB) 4-betting with hands like this at low frequency is a reasonable game.

Flop ($ 1.359): Q  8  4
Examination of opponents, bilzerians of $ 906, call opponents.

This bet by Bilzerian of course has services, but his hands are not strong enough to bet three roads for value, so he must plan to check some point in hand. Doug likes to check back to failure, because it will protect some weaker hands in the bilzerian range which with him he will also check again.

Turning ($ 3,171): Q
Check the opponent, bilzerian of $ 2,144, call opponents.

The turn gave a bilzerian trip and he decided to bet a big to set up a river encouragement. Bilzerian has a very strong hand here, but the second queen in turn is generally not good for its reach. Instead of big betting, he had to play his hand in the same way he would play Ace or pocket king. In particular, he must check back and hope his opponent to try to turn it on the river.

River ($ 7.399): 9
Examination of opponents, bilzerian all-in betting $ 5,552.75, call opponents

When his opponent chcek for the third time, the bilzerian has an easy encouragement value. Unfortunately for him, his opponent made him stuck with 8  8  for a full home. This hand is clearly a cooler for the bilzerian, but if he checks flops or turns, he might be able to avoid losing the entire stack of 412BB.

RESULTS Bilzerian shows
Opponents show 8  8  and win $ 18.504.50

Based on this session, it is quite clear that the Bilzerian will struggle to win online players versus good. The aggressive style can work in a gentle and high straight game, but he is a fish in water on the internet.