Top9 2-7 Triple Draw Tips
Understand the power of deuce
When playing Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker, you should ideally avoid playing hands not having a deuce in them. Considering that straights and ace-highs are counted not-too-good hands in this game, you can’t possibly make a seven-low if you don’t have a ‘2’ as one of your hole cards. The same goes for your opponents!
Hence, the more the deuces you get in your hand, either by a draw or deal, the fewer will be left for the other players. On the other hand, you may probably be in trouble if you’re caught in a multiway-pot and don’t have a deuce in your hand. It’d mean that other players most likely have one, thus making it harder for you to even draw one.
Ensure that you play only with a good starting hand
As is applicable to any other poker variant, your chances of winning increase greatly if you get a good starting hand. This is all the more true in case of drawing games as you don’t have any community cards that can change the equation all of a sudden. Pat 8s, Pat 7s and one/two card drawing hands to a smooth 8 or a 7, consisting of a deuce, but without the danger of making a straight, are all hands that must be played. And played strongly. Anything else that’s not good enough should be discarded right away.
Bet positively if you see yourself drawing lesser cards than others
In case you begin with a solid starting hand and see yourself drawing lesser cards compared to your opponents, you should get in the driver’s seat and play aggressively. Although there may be times when other players may hit excellent draws and emerge winners, you’d be profitable in the longer run.
Understand the significance of position
As the only possible useful information you can get about other players in this game is the number of cards drawn by them and their bets, you can consider yourself in an advantageous position if you’re the last one to play.
So, if everyone else checks, you may possibly take the pot by placing a bet even if you hadn’t hit a hand yet. Furthermore, you may even choose to draw lesser number of cards than others, or perhaps stand pat, and then push everyone away from the pot by placing a bet, if you see everyone playing passively.
Learn when you should stand pat
Heading into the final draw of the game, a made Jack-low hand holds an edge over anyone’s one card draw. Hence, if you do get such a hand, and someone else takes a card, you must stand pat as you’d be the favourite.
In addition, if you manage a good hand like an eight-low in the earlier part of the game, you must gauge your opponents’ hands in order to decide about standing pat or drawing something better. You may even try pushing other players away if you know who all you’re playing against and their playing style.
Never let your opponents win easily
If you get a made hand which may possibly be drawn out on, for instance a rough seven or worse, you must bet aggressively and try forcing your opponents out of the game or making them pay handsomely for chasing you down. Never let anyone take cards for free as it’s considered a cardinal sin in poker!
Learn to read your opponents
Pay close attention to how your opponents play. Some players always raise if it’s just the blinds left to play their hands. Others bet consistently post the third draw stage of the game. Some will chase you down till the last draw, while others may fold whenever they see themselves drawing more number of cards than their counterparts. You must acquaint yourself with the tendencies of different kinds of players, as it’ll help you come out on top.
Avoid any hands that may possibly make a straight
Although a hand like 4 5 6 7 may seem like a pretty tempting one to play, you should understand that it’s not easy to create a winning hand with such opening cards. A 3 or 8 can make a straight, and even if you get a miracle 9, all you’d get is a vulnerable nine low. So, ideally you should stay away from any hand that may most likely result in a straight.