NL 2-7 Single Draw Starting Hands

PokerStars.comNL 2-7 single draw is as popular as ever online but there really is a lack of good quality strategy articles especially articles about ‘nl 2-7 single draw starting hands’. This article is intended to help players with a Holdem background get to grips with nl 2-7 starting hand requirements, actually there’s enough info in this article for even players who have no poker experience to learn a good nl single draw starting hand strategy. Many seasoned no limit 2-7 single draw players consider the game to be a real bluffing game and with this in mind when playing 2-7 single draw the starting hands you select are always going to be heavily dependant on your position at the table, the opponent or opponents you are up against, stack sizes and the overall game dynamics. The best place to play nl 2-7 single draw online is Pokerstars.com

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In the strong hands category come good made low hands which you won’t need to draw to. Any 7, 8 or 9 low can be considered a premium hand in pretty much any situation against any opponent. In a heads up pot a J low is a favourite over any hand that draws 1 card, in a three handed pot a 9 low is a favorite over any one card draw. Given this information you should not only notice how strong 7 and 8 lows are but recognise the fact that if you are in position with a made J low hand or better then you can pretty much make a perfect decision on whether to draw to your hand or not. For example you are heads up holding a J low going into the draw. Your opponent is first to act and draws 1 card. You know that your J low is a favourite over any one card draw in a heads up pot so you stand pat, if your opponent stood pat then you could usually assume that your J low was not good and draw to your hand in an attempt to improve. This is why position is so important where 2-7 single draw starting hands are concerned. Playing a J low out of position can be very difficult as you won’t know if your opponent is going to draw or not, being in position allows you to make the correct decision with your starting hand a large majority of the time.

Single Draw 2-7 Starting Hands – One Card Draws

One card draws are very playable when selection nl 2-7 single draw starting hands. They are great to steal with and if you have a good read on the table and the game dynamics can be powerful hands which can be used to manipulate your opponents. When you’re in position with a one card draw you have a couple of options going into the draw. If the hand is multi way then you need to draw in an attempt to make the best hand but if the pot is heads up you have quite a few more options. Once you’ve seen what your opponent does you can once again make a very easy decision regarding the draw. If you’re holding a one card draw in a heads up pot and your opponents draws two you can stand pat with the intention of bluffing your opponent off his hand (it’s highly unlikely he’s going to make a hand that can call you if he’s drawing two cards), if your opponent draws one you can use your read on how loose or tight he / she is to decide to either stand pat and bluff which is better done against tighter players who rarely call down, or to draw in an attempt to make the best hand which is best done vs opponents who call down light.

Playing one card draws out of position in raised pots is difficult for even the best nl 2-7 single draw players, your only real option is to draw and attempt to make the best hand. This is fine in multi way pots but playing heads up out of position with a one card draw isn’t going to be a very profitable situation vs a raiser at full ring table. Position is so key, it opens up your options and allows you to make plays based on solid information as opposed to guess work.

Given there is only one opportunity to draw when playing single draw 2-7 poker it’s pretty much suicide to play two card draws.

This bit is for the Holdem players

This part of the article will draw comparisons between Holdem hands and single draw hands, it’s by no means 100 percent accurate but it should give you a good idea of what starting hands your want to play.

– Rough pat hands are about the same, equity wise, as small pocket pairs. The are a marginal favourite when up against drawing hands but have terrible equity as well as reverse implied odds when up against a better pat hand.

– Good drawing hands are much like unpaired Holdem hands, they are only a small underdog against rough pat hands, a slight favourite over worse drawing hands but are at a significant disadvantage when facing good pat hands.

– Good made low hands can be compared to high pocket pairs, they are a big favourite against even good drawing hands and sometimes a 100% favourite. They play very well, even out of position and can win big pots when up against rough lows in the hands of a calling station.

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