Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball Strategy
by K. Swope of Predictem.com
Introducing a more strategic look into the game of Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball we will see that each version of the game has its own feel or method. Lowball can be played in no-limit, pot limit and limit formats over both tournaments and cash games. The article will address the limit formats assuming both cash and tournament play for each.
No limit Lowball is by far the heaviest hitter on your bankroll. So, it is important that you only begin hands that have a high percentage of holding strong in a showdown. Do not play hands that would require you to draw four or all five cards too, initially. If, you do choose to play a hand that requires a three card draw in the first round, then only do so with hands that you will be keeping two card combos of 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-7, 3-5, 3-7, 4-5, 4-7, and 5-7. These hands are the most likely to achieve the case Lowball hand from a three card draw. Do not be afraid of raising quality starting hands. It is in your best interest to raise in order to get players with bad starting hands out of the pot or make them pay for staying with a poor hand. By doing so you put more pressure on the remaining players, you give yourself momentum, and eliminate the possibility of losing cards, dealt to others, on the draw. It is also much easier to bluff just one or two opponents if missing any draw.
Playing limit Lowball is the obvious opposite end of the spectrum from no-limit. It will not be possible to bet players off hands. Opponents will stay on just about any hand they feel is a potential winner even if that means drawing five cards the first round as long as it only cost a single bet. This is not entirely bad play. If a player starts a hand with all face cards such as a combination of aces, kings, jacks, etc... it possible to stay in the hand and draw at least one round. Staying on such a poor hand allows you more information about what negative cards are left in the deck. If the action is not raised, drawing five cards could potentially confuse your opponents and be very profitable if you have drawn a decent hand after the first round. Against players that play poor starting hands often, it is wise to still try and start with quality hands. Although, staying for cheap with poor hands mixes up your play, it will become increasingly more difficult to win pots without holding a very strong finishing hand.
Pot limit is the hybrid of the no-limit/limit world. You will not always have the luxury of betting off your opponents early on in the hand, but it may become possible later, once the pot builds enough to make a sizable bet possible. Your strategy in this game should be a compilation of the no-limit and limit games. Consider playing hands you normally would not if you can draw for a cheap price. Raise powerful starting hands when the pot allows you to do so and ward off any players looking to see a cheap draw. Always try and change your play to the type of opponents at your table. Changing gears or mixing up your game play will not let your opponents adjust easily to your style and keeps them guessing about your cards.
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