Two tourneys scheduled for this week – both different

The poker tables in the Trump Taj Mahal
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My tourney goals for this week are to finish in the top positions in No Limit Hold ‘Em sponsored by the Twitter Poker Tour, TPT:Stars Event #12, Thursday, Apr 9, 2009 at 7:00pm and 2-7 Triple Draw being played this afternoon at 2:30 opm at PokerStars as part of their SCOOP 2009, Spring Championship of Online Poker, series of tourneys. Both games are as different as can be.

While most people know a bit about Texas No Limit Hold ‘Em as seen on television and in the movies, 2-7 Triple Draw is not that well known and is not played at many of the on line sites and poker rooms. PokerStars does offer that game online and is available as a tourney game as well.

2-7 Triple Draw, as the name implies is a draw poker type game. You are dealt 5 cards and the goal is to get the lowest hand possible while avoiding a straight or a flush. The best possible hand is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 and is referred to as the “wheel”. After the cards are dealt, there is a round of betting and then you can discard the cards you don’t want and get dealt or draw replacement for those cards. This is called the first draw. After you get your replacement cards, there is another round of betting and then you can discard any unwanted cards or stay pat, not drawing any new cards. There are a total of three draws during this session and betting occurs after each draw.

In 2-7 Triple Draw, the betting structure is fixed at one betting unit when the hand is dealt and after the first draw, up to a maximum of four bets for each round. The betting unit is doubled for betting after second and third draw, again with a maximum of four double bets for each betting round. The best lowest hand wins the pot and the pot is split if there are tied hands.

The buy-in for the lower level Triple Draw event is $22 and currently there are 377 players registered for the event with the top prize currently set at $5,000 based on the number of players registered at this point. There are low price satellites currently running that give you a chance to buy in at a lower price to the event.

Do you play in tourneys or cash games? Which do you prefer? Do you have a favorite game that is not played much in casinos or on line or home games?

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