Updated In May, 2013 - Developing a great 2-7 Triple Draw strategy will take time and effort but will pay off much better than any other card game. I can almost guarantee that with a little bit of effort you will be a winning 2-7 Triple Draw player. You may call them donkies or noobs, I personally call them fish, but regardless of what they are called, there are a lot of them at the 2-7 Triple Draw tables. I've can't remember how many times I've seen a player raise pre-draw 3-4X and then go ahead and draw 3 cards. There have even been times when players have called with straights, not knowing it is one of the worst hands. 2-7 Triple Draw lowball strategy is all about hand selection, knowing which cards to keep/discard and knowing when to bet/fold. This website will point you in the right direction but it is up to you to go out and earn the experience to truly master this game. Below are some other articles that will help you on your journey to becoming a winning 27 Triple Draw player. If you opt to play at Pokerstars you should enter a pokerstars rabatkode when creating your account.
The first thing you should do is make sure you know the rules of 2-7 Triple Draw. Always remember that straights and flushes count, that is why it is called "2-7" Triple Draw instead of "A-5". The best possible hand is 2-3-4-5-7 which happens less often than catching pocket rockets in Hold'em. I always suggest that new players start off at the small stakes fixed limit tables, if only to put 100 hands under your belt so your inevitable mistakes are not too costly. Using a poker odds calculator may help you avoid these mistakes. The following examples are based on playing at:
Since you are a beginner I want to share some standard tips you can use in most situations. It is important to remember though that position plays a big part in 2-7 Triple Draw so these are just general guidelines you should follow. The skill level of the competition at the table is another constantly changing factor that should be considered. Below are some general hand selection guides.
This section will cover the odds in 2-7 Triple Draw. Knowing when to call/fold is what makes a winning player so this is a very important lesson. You don't need to read the player, you just need to know the odds. The first scenario I want to cover is one that will happen to you quite a bit.
In the example above you ended up with a jack high hand, which isn't good in general but in this situation it is a decent hand. You might be wondering why a jack high hand would be good. We will look at this hand mathematically. Lets assume he has 2-3-4-7-A before the last draw. There are around 20 cards in the deck that will give him a losing hand, that means you have better odds at winning than he does. This scenario will repeat itself over and over again so it is important to keep the odds in mind. In addition to the odds there is a term called "pot odds". Lets say that in the hand above you got a 2 on the last draw. You have a pair of twos, which is a terrible hand, and are facing a $2 bet. The odds of the other player catching a 3, 4, 7 or ace on the last draw are roughly 20% but what if the pot is $40? That means you will have a 1/5 chance of winning and if you win you will receive a 20/1 return. I'm not very good at math but basically that equals out to 2/1 odds in your favor in the long run.