2-7 Triple Draw is not your standard poker game. It’s not even your standard lowball poker game. 2-7 Triple Draw is showing up at more and more online poker rooms, and it’s growing in popularity every day. If you want to join in the action, we highly recommend going into the game with a solid 2-7 Triple Draw strategy.
Essentially, 2-7 Triple Draw asks players to develop the worst possible poker hand. It’s not like regular Low Hand games where Straights and Flushes don’t matter and Aces help you. 2-7 Triple Draw uses the standard hand rankings where Aces are high, Straights are higher, and flushes even worse. Therefore, the best hand you can get is 2-3-4-5-7 (hence the name, “2-7”).
Please refer to our previous page – 2-7 Triple Draw Rules – for a complete guide to how to play 2-7 Triple Draw.
2-7 Triple Draw Strategy
In this 2-7 Triple Draw strategy guide, we’re going to cover starting hand selection and the proper tactics that should improve your game, decreasing losses and maximizing profits on the felt.
2-7 Triple Draw Strategy – Starting Hands
Simply put, a good 2-7 Triple Draw Starting Hand is one that contains at least 3 cards, no higher than 8, and no pairs involved. A few good examples would be 2-5-7, 3-4-8, 2-5-8, etc.
Suits: Remember that a Flush counts against you, so it is important that all of your keepers (cards you don’t discard) are not all of the same suit. You do not want to end with an accidental flush!
Connectors: It’s hard to stay away from connectors entirely, since your ultimate goal is to achieve a hand of 2-3-4-5-7, which is very nearly a Straight in itself. But pay close attention that you don’t make a senseless move and accidentally move on with a Straight. A hand like 2-3-4-5-6 or 3-4-5-6-7 is a killer if you aren’t paying enough attention.
Premium Hands: A Premium Starting Hand in 2-7 Triple Draw is one that contains 5 cards between 2 and 8 with no pairs, no Straight and no Flush. This is referred to as a “Pat” hand, requiring no discards. You can stand pat on this type of hand with full confidence that you will win. With 2-4-5-6-8, it is possible to lose, but ridiculously rare that another would get the perfect 2-3-4-5-7 to beat you.
Use your position to your advantage when the opportunity arises. Late position is the best place to be, giving you the chance to bluff when other players haven’t been dealt a great hand. For instance, on the 1st Draw Phase, if others are taking 3 or more cards, try standing pat and see if they don’t all fold on the next betting round. Or, take a single card, then place a large bet/raise in the next round. By being in late position, you get to read your opponents before making such a move. If they show no real confidence, place the large bet/raise and the pot should be yours.
Anytime you are drawing 1 less card, or better, than you opponent(s), place a moderate to large bet. You obviously have the better hand at this point, and if they fold out, that’s always a plus. If they call, your odds of winning are much better than theirs, increasing the expected value as the pot grows.
It is also important to note the tendencies of your opponent(s) throughout the session of 2-7 Triple Draw. By observing their standard behavior, you should be able to predict their reaction to different betting situations. If you think they will call with a worse hand than your own, draw as many chips in as you can. If you think a large bet will cause them to fold, make a proper bet according to what you think their hand strength is (if they’re strong, bet high – if they’re weak, bet just high enough to keep them calling).