Originally Posted by scooterdice
who's to blame if you go all in preflop and lose to pocket 2's?
Obviously the blame question is irrelevant, but you need to think of ranges. If the player with 22 is going all-in preflop with 22 he's probably also doing it with hands like AQ/AJ/KQ/KJ/other random crap hands.
Poker is about ranges, so let's look at the ranges here from each perspective:
AKs - Only worried about 2 hands, and if the opponent is at all aggressive, will be going all-in with bluffs as well as strong hands that he beats, like AQ/AJ/etc. and of course 22-QQ are coin flips
22 - Is only beating 32-A2, is crushed by any other pocket pair, and is either slightly ahead or behind any other hand. 22 barely beats any of the other player's preflop all-in range at all. Basically 22 is hoping to get LUCKY and make it only a coin flip. So the BEST CASE SCENARIO for 22 is for it to be around 50-50.
So as I said, kinda silly to talk about who's to "blame", but pretty clearly if the money goes in 22 vs. AK, it was the 22 who played the hand much worse.