Here are a couple screenshots that capture the stimulating debate phil likes to engage in at the completion of a well-contested hand. I should point out that it's not like I sat around waiting for him to act like this. It's the first time I've ever played with him on UB and I in no way induced this behavior. This is just how he is.
As a bonus, here is one of the most entertaining 2-7 pots I've ever not played. I'm in the big blind but right after I post my $80 the connection begins flailing and I am disconnected. UltimateBet must have some "all-in protection" but it's not worth much in THIS game. In holdem if you end up all-in with any two cards preflop you have a fair chance of ending up the winner. In triple draw, what are the chances that your random five cards will be better than those of a guy who had three draws to improve!?
And it's not like I'm up against the other blind here. The hand I have to beat was raised under the gun in a full game, and it's held by the most skilled poker player the world has ever known. I reconnected before the hand was over but it wouldn't let me jump back in and draw.
(Most identifiable elements in hand history changed, but phil is his inimitable self.)
Hand #XXX at 2-7 Table ($80/$160 Triple Draw 2-7) Powered by UltimateBet Started at 26/Apr/05 player posts the small blind of $40. paulp posts the big blind of $80. First Round: player has disconnected, is dropped. paulp has disconnected, is dropped. PhilHellmuth raises to $160. player folds. player folds. player folds. player folds. paulp goes all-in (disconnected). PhilHellmuth is returned $80 (uncalled). PhilHellmuth takes 1 card. player has reconnected. Second Round: (no action in this round) paulp has reconnected. PhilHellmuth takes 1 card. Third Round: (no action in this round) PhilHellmuth stands pat. Final Round: (no action in this round) Showdown: PhilHellmuth shows Jd 9h 8s 5h 2s. PhilHellmuth has J 9 8 5 2. paulp shows Jc 9s 7s 6d 4d. paulp has J 9 7 6 4. $1 is raked from a pot of $200. paulp wins $199 with J 9 7 6 4.And that, folks, is why the books will tell you not to go for those rough J9's in 2-7 triple-draw. Some JOPKER will always pop up with a REAL hand: the pat semi-smooth J9.