Triple Draw Poker Hands

The most common mistake for most South African casino players new to 2-7 Triple Draw is that they forget straights and flushes count against them and that Aces are always high, never low. In Razz, for instance, 5-4-3-2-A of any suit is the very best hand, but in 2-7 Triple Draw it’s one of the worst, especially if it’s suited. The best hand in 2-7 Triple Draw is 7-5-4-3-2 unsuited. So, it bears repeating that Aces are always high and straights and flushes count against you… a straight flush in 2-7 Triple Draw, no matter how low the rank, is a complete disaster. This article will teach you the basic concepts of 27 Triple Draw hand selection.

Starting Hands In 27 Triple Draw


First I want to mention that you should make sure you are playing “27” Triple Draw instead of “A5”. There are two versions of Triple Draw so getting them mixed up can be a costly mistake. As a general rule, you probably don’t want to play any hand that isn’t holding a deuce, or at the very most a 3, as the low card.  The later your position, the more you can speculate with questionable hands and draw more cards. The last thing you want is to have to draw to the bottom of your hand. On the high end, a 7 is optimal but an 8 will often do well depending on what’s underneath it. You also want to make sure you break up any straight or flush possibilities, as demonstrated in the following example:

If you’re holding Kh-6s-5s-4s-3s, it would be a good idea to not only discard the King but the 5 as well. In this hand you’re holding four to a straight AND four to a flush… both of which count against you. If you discard just the King, the only cards you can draw to are a non-spade 8 or 9, and even if you happen to hit one of these six outs you’re still left with a mediocre hand at best. You can’t draw a 7 or a deuce because either would give you a straight and you’d very likely lose, and any spade will probably kill your hand no matter how low it is. Discarding both the King and the 5 dramatically reduces your chances of catching a flush AND opens up the option of drawing a 2 or a 7 without hitting a straight.