In the hand, Hellmuth was the button/small blind and DOUBLEBALLER the big blind. The players capped the betting preflop. The flop came . DOUBLEBALLER checked, Hellmuth bet $200, DOUBLEBALLER check-raised to $400, and Hellmuth called. The turn was the . This time DOUBLEBALLER bet out ($400), Hellmuth raised, DOUBLEBALLER three-bet, and Hellmuth called. The river was the . DOUBLEBALLER bet, and Hellmuth just called. Total pot ended up being $5,600 (minus the one buck rake).
DOUBLEBALLER showed for three of a kind. Hellmuth mucked. It turns out he had .
So what makes the hand curious? The pot was awarded to Hellmuth. (Click on the hand history above for bigger picture.)
Within fifteen minutes, a thread sprung up on Two Plus Two and has been (not unsurprisingly) raging all day. (Shortly afterward, another thread started on Pocket Fives, too.)
An hour or so after the 2+2 thread started, DOUBLEBALLER hopped on to confirm what had happened, and to relate that he was on the phone with UB support requesting he be reimbursed the money he’d lost. Apparently, support acknowledged to him that a mistake had been made and indeed credited DOUBLEBALLER’s account. (No word in the thread thus far as to whether the amount was also deducted from Hellmuth’s.)
DOUBLEBALLER reports that at some point during the hand a pop-up strangely appeared telling him he had missed three blinds in a row, even though he had not. That message appears to have been somehow related to whatever glitch caused the software to ship the pot incorrectly.
The 2+2 thread includes some of the players’ chat (revealing Hellmuth to be somewhat oblivious of what had happened). There are also various posts independently confirming that the hand indeed took place as described, as well as at least one poster sharing a response from UB support after he’d emailed them asking about the incident. In the response, UB support explains that they are aware of what happened, and that “this situation was due to a glitch in the software, however; it has been already corrected. As you know after CEREUS launch we have been experiencing some glitches in our software but our programmers have been working very hard to correct these issues.”
Some in the thread continue to doubt the validity of the story. Others are wondering how exactly such a mistake or “glitch” could possibly occur. And many are particularly intrigued by the fact that the glitch -- a seemingly unlikely event -- would happen with player PHILHELLMUTH at the table.
Perhaps eventually we’ll learn what, if anything, indeed happened this morning.
Still, most curious.
(EDIT [added 12/21/08, 9:00 a.m.]: Last night Paul Leggett, COO of UltimateBet, posted about the hand on his UB blog, acknowledging a “software malfunction” indeed occurred. Somehow Leggett found it unnecessary to mention in his post that Hellmuth was involved. Comments to Leggett’s post provide additional grins.)