So, you’ve read our articles on starting hands in 2-7 Triple Draw and how to play in and out of position.
In part three we’ll look at the critical step of how to play after the third and final draw.
If you haven’t read them yet, catch up with Parts 1 and 2 of our 2-7 Triple Draw Beginner’s Guide here and here.
Play on the River
After the third draw there is either a showdown or one of the players makes the others fold. You’ll usually find yourself in one of two scenarios:
A. Your draw didn’t come in B. You have a made hand
Contrary to No-Limit Hold’em, where you can often take down the pot with a large overbet, there are not many chances to bluff in 2-7 Triple Draw.
If you’ve been drawing to a big hand, the pot is probably so big that your opponent will get extremely good odds for a call.
But this doesn’t mean it’s impossible to bluff. There’s always the possibility your opponent missed his hand, too, or doesn’t have a really good hand.
Example A – Your Draw Doesn’t Come In
You hold a 7-5-4-2, so you’re drawing for a 3, 6 or 8. Unfortunately, on the third draw, you get a 5.
With a pair of fives in your hand you’ll almost never win the pot at showdown. Let’s say there’s $7 in the pot and your opponent has also taken one card on the third draw.
In this situation a $1 bluff can actually work. You only have to win one-in-eight hands to make this move profitable – and it’s possible your opponent was drawing to a worse hand and hit a pair, too.
Even if he now has a lower pair than you do he’ll probably not be able to call your bet. This can even work out of position.
You can also try to bluff-raise, but this is very risky, as it rarely successful and always expensive.
In general, you shouldn’t try to bluff very often and don’t bluff hands that have showdown value anyway.
Example B – You Have a Made Hand
If you have a made hand the question is always if you should bet out or not, or if you should call or not.
The most important information for you is what happened during the draws.
If your opponent is not drawing a third time you should probably not bet anything worse than a 9-6 or a 9-5.
Heads-up, sometimes a jack high is still good enough to win the pot. However, you shouldn’t bet it because a weaker hand is not going to call.
It is more advisable here to check through or maybe call one bet.
7-high hands you should of course always raise; 8-high hands most of the time, too.
As in all Limit games play on the river is of great importance as this is where you can win – or lose – additional bets.
Golden Rule(s) Apply
The last betting round in 2-7 Triple Draw differs significantly from NLHE and PLO, mainly due to the structure of limit poker.
However, the golden rule that you should only bet if your opponent might be willing to call with a worse hand is valid here, too.
Bluffs are rare, but not impossible.
2-7 Triple Draw is a fascinating game characterized by a lot of swings. Be aware of this before you begin.
There is no simple recipe for 2-7 Triple Draw as there is none for any poker game.
As a rule of thumb, we advise you to start as a solid player. Play tight-aggressive and select your hands carefully.
As a beginner, get some experience on the lowest levels before you start moving up.
More 2-7 Triple Draw Strategy Articles:
Beginner’s Guide to 2-7 Triple Draw Poker Pt. 1: Starting Hands Beginner’s Guide to 2-7 Triple Draw Poker Pt. 2: How to Play Draws