Originally Posted by roggles
The setting is a multitable tournament in 2-7 3d. The limits are fairly high, 300/600 and my stack is about 6000.
The button-1 is a very aggressive player and he raises on my big blind. I have 2-4-2-x-x and even though this is of course not a hand I'd normally play I think it is worth defending my blind with it so I call the raise. I get lucky and get 2-3-4-7-x in the first draw. He draws two, so I bet. On my second draw I hit a 6, and he calls down two more bets letting me take home quite a big pot.
Now, the raiser gets really angry at me afterwards, saying that I am a donkey for calling a raise and drawing 3. Is he right? In cash game I always call one raise on the big blind with 2-3, 2-4, 2-5, 2-7 and hope to improve quickly. Sometimes I will play 2-6, but usually not since I am in big enough trouble drawing 3 already. Is this a terrible play?
Haven't played 2-7 Triple draw in a long time, even years ago I played mostly 5-card draw and recently been caught with holdem. Glad to see someone still likes it though, it is after all a fun game in the right setting.
Anyway the hand above, although probably not textbook, is fine IMO, mostly because made against a player you describe as very aggressive. The extra 300 to call the raise is worth it against such a player, although you need to ideally catch 2 babies on the first draw if not its best to give it up if he keeps firing at the pot, even if he drawed 2, because of your stack size that can't really afford risky double bets. You don't want to get in a crapshoot, and you forgot to mention how big his stack is as compared to yours.
After your first draw where you caught a 3 and a 7 you're in the drivers seat, particularly cause he drawed 2, and as Emperor already said at that point there is no turning back, you have the best potential hand with 2 draws left, and you caught the 2nd nuts right after. If I were you I wouldn't bother with what he said about you being a donkey, granted you got a bit lucky in the hand but that's a part of any type of poker. Although I wouldn't want to qualify myself as an expert in this game, I wouldn't call this a terrible play because of raiser being very aggressive, as I already said. I do also have to admit that in my days I never played a 2-7 draw tourney, only cash games, and maybe the fact its a tourney, where survival considerations need to be made, might put this hand in a different perspective. Also I don't know if it was around the bubble or you were ITM already, you didn't mention this, and it makes a difference I think since your opponent would make a play or not accordingly to that. Probably if you're ITM money I'd tend to respect his raise more, viceversa on the bubble or close to the money its way different, and I'd be more inclined to make the call hoping to catch against a LAG.
Well done anyways. Are you strictly a 2-7 3d player?