Jan 30 2010

2-7 Triple Draw Poker

written by: John under Poker Strategy Comments: Comments Off

2-7 Triple Draw is a form of poker that many people are unfamiliar with, but PokerStars has made it available for its players to check out. Other popular sites such as Full Tilt Poker and Cake Poker, however, do not feature the game in their current repertoire. 2-7 Triple Draw is an interesting variation of poker in which players aim to complete the worst hand possible.

Think about what a good hand would be in Omaha or Texas Hold’em, this would be an example of a terrible hand in 2-7 Triple Draw. Your goal in 2-7 Triple Draw is to compile a hand with the lowest value cards that do not form any type of pair, two pair, straight, flush, or full house combination. The final hand that you have will be comprised of 5 total cards with the absolute nuts being 7, 5, 4, 3, 2. If you think you have bad luck in Texas Hold’em you might be pleasantly surprised that your awful hands will now be a goldmine.

Playing 2-7 Triple Draw Poker

2-7 Triple Draw poker is of course a draw game, meaning that you will multiple opportunities to discard cards from your hand at different times in the action. This is where the skill element comes into play. You will have to be able to judge what types of starting hands are worth continuing with, what types of cards you should throw away, and how to judge your hand’s relative strength. If you continually play poor starting hands you will eventually find that you are not making many good hands because you don’t give yourself a fighting chance. Hand selection is important in 2-7 Triple Draw just as it is in the more popular variations of poker.

You will have up to three different chances to throw away one of your cards in an attempt to improve your hand’s overall strength. If you are dealt a weak starting hand you can simply throw it away and wait until the next hand, there is no need to continue if you don’t want to as there are no forced bets. Position will matter to a certain extent in 2-7 Triple Draw, but you will have to play your hand much more than you will be playing against your opponent’s holdings.

You will find that players are not as likely to go crazy with bluffs in 2-7 Triple Draw simply because of the nature of the game. It can be hard to determine exactly where you are in a hand, particularly when you consider that many other players will be new to the game and won’t know what they are doing. This is why it is a great idea to start playing 2-7 Triple Draw, a basic winning strategy will take you a long way. When you play 2-7 Triple Draw it is a good idea to simply determine whether you would be moderately happy with the starting hand that you are dealt. If it is god awful you should simply throw it away, otherwise you can try to pick your hand apart in an attempt to compile the nuts. In 2-7 Triple Draw many hands will turn from trash to treasure in a matter of two or three discards. Be selective in your starting hands and you will see success in 2-7 Triple Draw.

Comments Off - Click Here to Speak Up