Updated In May, 2013 - A5 triple draw strategy is going to come naturally for some players. Anyone that has played any lowball poker games, split pot poker games or draw poker games will have an advantage over the competition. This A-5 triple draw poker strategy guide will focus on beginner and intermediate players. If you have played A5 triple draw's more popular cousin 2-7 triple draw you will want to forget everything you know except for average hands and the drawing/betting schedules. My first A5 triple draw tip is to take things slow. If you usually play at the $5/10 tables for fixed limit games you should probably start off at the $1/2 (or lower) A5 triple draw tables. Experience goes a long way when playing A-5 triple draw and first hand experience is much cheaper at the micro and small stakes levels. Read this A5 triple draw rules article before you play A-5 triple draw for money. The rules you used at your home poker games may not be the same as the online rules. You should also make sure that you claim the best gambling bonus at the poker site you choose to play at. That obviously is not specific to A5 triple draw but I've noticed that deposit and reload bonuses can turn a bad week into a profitable week.
Hand selection is the cornerstone in any winning A5 triple draw poker strategy. A-5 triple draw hand selection should be learned before you play for real money. You will have three different hands in A5 triple draw if you draw each time so knowing what is good and bad is vital. This section will only cover the hand selection strategies to be used at the beginning of a hand. There are several factors A5 triple draw players will be to consider when they receive their cards at the beginning of a hand:
You will naturally play weaker hands if you are playing at a headsup table. This is a universal rules regardless of which card game you play. I will go into some basic A5 triple draw hand selection strategies in this article but if you want more detailed tips that were developed with the factors mentioned above in mind you should read my A5 triple draw hand selection article. Here are some basic guidelines for deciding which hands to play in A5 triple draw:
If you are in the small blind position and there are not any raises you may want to call if you only have two low cards but that is only because you would be getting in for half price. Here are some basic good hand/bad hand guides for the showdown:
A-5 triple draw strategy is all about bluffing. You will face may bluffs after the third draw. If your opponent(s) drew a card during the final draw and place a bet you will have a 50/50 chance of stealing the pot by calling with a weak hand. The other player could have paired up or caught a face card. Always keep pot odds in mind when you are faced with a bet in A-5 triple draw.
Rookies and ultra-agressive players will commonly raise pre-draw with only 3 low cards. Even a hand like A-2-3-X-X is not worth raising, yet people do so all of the time. The best A5 triple draw strategies favor a tight-agressive playing style. You should just sit back and play premium four card drawing hands, or made hands. You will win a lot of money in the long run by being very selection when it comes to hand selection.