Since there are no face-up community cards in A-5 Triple Draw, you have limited information about your opponents hand strength. Without that information, you’re very much in the dark about the relative strength of your hand until they start betting and drawing, by which time you may have already lost a bundle. This is why hand selection is so important; stronger hands open up more options from more positions.
If you have experience playing 27 Triple Draw you can easily use the skills you have gained in that game and implement them in Ace To Five lowball. Instead of 2-3-4-5-6 being the nuts in A-5 you are looking for the wheel. Most of the 27 Triple Draw strategy concepts will be useable in A5.
Since we know that A-2-3-4-5 (“the wheel”) is best hand and that straights and flushes don’t count against you, the strongest hands are pretty easy to spot. 5-high (the nuts), 6-high and 7- high are monsters to push hard with, and an 8-high hand is often strong enough to win depending on what’s underneath it.
Notice that I have not mentioned the low cards in your hand, and there’s a reason why. Remember that the best hand is determined by comparing the highest cards in each hand and working backward. It doesn’t matter that your opponent is holding an A-2 at the bottom if he’s also holding a 10-8 at the top; your 7-high will win as long as you don’t pair up. Since the vast majority of hands are won with the highest three cards (7-5-4-3-A vs. 7-6-4-2-A), you can often concentrate on the top end of your hand and not worry so much about the lowest two cards. You can’t completely disregard them, of course, and you have to be mindful of pairing up, but the highest cards are definitely more important.
Drawing In A-5 Lowball Poker
The bet sizes and number of discards are really the only hard information players at Oncasinogames can gather about each other, so it’s very important to pay close attention to their patterns and yours. What do their patterns say about their hand? Are they weak or slow-playing a monster? Are they really holding the nuts or just trying to bluff you off your hand? And what do your patterns say about your hand? Each round exposes more and more information; you need to analyze it quickly and accurately when you’re weaker and take advantage of aggressively when you’re stronger.