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CarmenSinCity Stumbles Upon Triple Draw

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There is a new game in town and it's called Triple Draw. Actually, this is a new event added to the 2007 World Series of Poker, but it's certainly not a "new game". Triple Draw and it's ever so popular cousin, 5 Card Draw are versions of home games that have been played for years and years. I learned how to play 5 Card Draw and 5 Card Stud by spying on my dad while he was gambling with the guys at least 20 years ago back when the only game in town was found in the home. Women certainly weren't invited to play, but they were allowed to walk around the house looking pretty, refilling the chips and serving drinks.

I strolled through the Amazon Room today and I was still thinking about the HORSE Event from yesterday and anticipating the Main Event which is approaching soon, when I stumbled upon a 6-handed event. At first glance I thought I was watching some sort of Omaha or Stud game. I was simply walking through the aisles, glancing at the players and hadn't actually taken any time out to watch. The first person to catch my eye was Phil Helmuth, soon after that I saw Cyndy Violette, Jen Harman, Greg Raymer, Robert Williamson, Barry Greenstein, Hoyt Corkins, Daniel Negreanu, Todd Brunson, and Allen Cunningham. This is quite a lineup. Surely I needed to take a few minutes and watch the action.

The confusion must have been written all over my face - why are these players giving cards back? Sometimes they threw back one card, sometimes it was two, occasionally it was all five and this was happening on every street. Maybe I should start doing my homework before I just bum rush the poker room. Come to find out the event was 2-7 Triple Draw. This is a World Series of Poker Event? You can win a bracelet for this? What will they think of next?

After doing a little research on the game, I found that the goal is to make the lowest hand with 5 cards. The best hand is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and flushes count against you. Aces only count as high cards, straights count as straights and pairs count as pairs. I have the utmost respect for the players that bounce from game to game playing Hold Em, then move over to Razz and then to Omaha Hi Low. I mean, how do they keep these games straight?

The most unusual aspect of this game is that on every street you can discard 0 to 5 cards and replenish those with new ones. I am beside myself that so many pros are playing in this game. Maybe No Limit Hold Em isn't all it's cracked up to be? Is it possible that the people who play for a living are a little bored of the game that has been completely saturated? Are they sick of the "one hit wonder" swooping in from playing exclusively on Full Tilt to win a bracelet? I think it's a refreshing change to see something new being played in the Amazon Room and apparently quite a few people agree with me because 209 players bought in.

I have no idea where you can find 2-7 Triple Draw live games in town, but I know for a fact that sites like PokerStars , Bodog, and Ultimate Bet spread these games online. I might have to brush up on my Draw skills, maybe this is my opportunity to win a bracelet by playing in a game with a smaller field. I applaud Harrah's for taking a chance and mixing things up. My bet is on the Crazy Pineapple Event for 2008.

 

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