December 01, 2009
I think people highly underrate triple draw as a variation of poker. I have seen people try and argue that triple draw is not even poker. I canâ€™t offer a concise analytical or mathematical reason why one should play TD over other games. I will instead offer my own value judgments.What have I learnt Playing Triple Draw?
I hate to admit it but before I started playing TD I understood the concept of position but really didnâ€™t weight it that highly in the scheme of things. After only a few sessions of TD I realised how important position is in any game. In tougher games $2-4 and above if you are Out of Position it is like bending over to pick up the soap in a prison shower block.
After the second draw
You hold: 2347T out of position
And your opponent holds
Who has the advantage???
Now whenever I am out of position I remind myself I am Out Of Power (OOP) and adjust my calling range.
In TD you quickly find if you play passively you will more often then not lose. Before I started playing TD I was a very passive player and had no idea about value betting and played very straightforward fit or fold poker. Playing TD quickly teaches you the importance of not giving your opponentâ€™s free cards, playing strong draws aggressively and the importance of value betting marginal hands.
In the world of TD you will often play the same opponents on a regular basis. If you donâ€™t mix up your game you will be exploited. After a while playing TD I have learnt that every hand I play I am telling my opponent a story. When I three bet pre draw I tell my opponent I have a strong hand. If I call a raise and discard one, I am telling my opponent I have a weak one card draw, if my draw was stronger I would have three bet. Sometimes you have to tell your opponent you are:
- Weak when you are strong.
- Strong when you are weak.
- Weak when you are weak.
- Strong when you are strong.
Also against opponents you face regularly you have to have a bluffing frequency greater then zero.
In TD at the low stakes your opponents will tell you what their hand is. What you donâ€™t believe me? They do, lucky for us they donâ€™t realize they are doing this. As a very wise (old) poker player once said:
â€œBus pass to value town.â€
In TD if you are not taking notes then you are giving up a huge amount of value. Before I started playing TD my notes consisted of: Weak, passive, donkey, aggro spew monkey and so on. I have color-coded my notes, date my notes, and make notes in session and out of session. Example:
Aggressive, usually draws well, canâ€™t fold. 09/10/09
Prone to tilt, annoy him and get ready for the spew fest.
Bluff bet: K, str8
OSN: Dropped a lot at $2-4, 5k MTT, moved back down, German time zone utc1,
Avg session: time 44 min, -8.4 BB/100
I choose to focus on TD as it allows for the development of skills I have listed above and these skills transfer well to other poker games. By playing TD I can focus on playing a small number of tables and make double the BB/100 that I could in holdâ€™em. To make the same amount of money I would have to play at least 8-10 tables play a robotic 18/24 type game. TD also challenges me more mentally and at the end of the day the main reason I play poker is to have fun. I really donâ€™t think that the path to learning poker is set in stone. Sure No Limit Holdâ€™em is the most popular game at the moment but learning alternative games will make for a better-rounded poker player. This turned out to be a longer post then I wanted & I donâ€™t think it answers the question as well as I would have liked. If you have not played TD yourself watch DeathDonkey and DJâ€™s Triple the Gold video series and get into the action.