Home / Community / Forum / Support Area / Support Center /

Get The Most Out Of 7-2 - **OFFICIAL DISCUSSION**

Old
Default
Get The Most Out Of 7-2 - **OFFICIAL DISCUSSION** - Mon Sep 30, 2013, 05:35 PM
(#1)
Fadyen's Avatar
Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,917


7-2 is the worst starting hand in Texas Hold'em. You are not very likely to win with this hand... or are you?

From 1st to 7th October PokerStars is offering the "7-2 Game" - a favorite in many home games - as an online experience. During this promotion getting dealt the worst starting hand in No Limit Hold'em means that you can win bonus cash if you make that 7-2 hold up.

Keep reading to learn how the promotion works and how to adjust your strategy to get the most out of 7-2.

What is it?

Win a hand in a Real Money Hold'em Ring Game or Zoom Pool while holding 7-2 suited, with or without a showdown, and win a bonus prize. The cash prize you win in the 7-2s game will be based on the table's big blind. The big blind of the table you are playing on is multiplied by the number of opponents on your table, up to a maximum prize of $20.


Example: If you are playing at a 9-handed Hold'em ring game table with blinds of $1/$2 and you win with 7-2s and Boom your hand then you would win $2 (big blind) x 8 (your opponents at the table) = $16 cash prize.

Long a twist to make the game more interesting for regular cash game players in high stakes settings, the 7-2 game is a tantalizing prospect. Win a hand with the worst starting hand in Texas Hold'em and win a prize. But is there actually a strategy towards this bluff of bravado? Of course there is.

Everyone knows 7-2 is the worst hand in Hold'em, starting cards to be folded without a second thought. But with the bonus, does 7-2 suited suddenly become worth playing, or even raising? Is it now as strong as aces? Like anything in poker, the answer is that it depends.

In order to make your decision, the first thing is to analyze what this bonus means. Where the game changes the most is in the pot odds that you are offered when dealt 7-2 suited, or the ratio of the bet to the amount in the pot. Every time you are dealt the 7-2 suited, just imagine that there is an extra big blind in the pot for every opponent at your table.

For example, if you are under the gun with 7-2 suited in a nine handed table of $1-2 No Limit Hold'em, instead of there being $3 in the pot (small + big blind), the pot as far as you are concerned is actually $19, or the amount of the blinds plus $16 ($2*8 players). With $19 in the pot, even a hand as bad as the 7-2 is surely worth playing for an opening raise. By making it $5 for example, a raise of 2.5 times the big blind, you are effectively getting almost four to one odds on stealing the pot right there. Yet every other player at the table who doesn't have the 7-2 is only getting the standard odds to call or raise the pot. In this situation it will always be worth it to make an opening raise if you are the first player with the option to raise holding 7-2 suited.

Where the game does not change, however, is in the relative strength of 7-2 suited against other hands willing to play for a pre-flop raise. Heads-Up against a range of pre-flop raising hands, the 7-2 suited fares terribly, winning 30% of the time or less. For this reason, it'll often be better to try and win pots with the 7-2 early, or not at all. The more the pot grows and the more you are forced to rely on the value of the cards themselves, the less value this hand will have.

There is one exception: If you are up against very tight players it can be a good idea to try to bluff them of their good but not great hands by showing strength by barreling all streets. Of course you will have a problem if your opponent wakes up with a hand he can call with.

Let's look at a few more examples.
Q: The game is $1-2 NLHE, nine handed. You are on the button with 7-2 suited and the cut-off, a loose player has opened the pot to $5. What should you do?
A: Re-raise. With the bonus money on offer, there is effectively $24 in the pot ($3 + $5 + $16). This pot is offering you attractive odds on winning right now against a late position raiser.

Of course, the situation becomes a little more complicated as the pot gets bigger. For example, let's look at the following situation:

Q: The game is $1-2 NLHE, nine handed. You are in the big blind with 7-2 suited. The pot is opened in middle position to $6 and the button re-raises to $18. What should you do?
A: Strength has been shown in two seats, and either of these players is likely to have a hand that can resist pre-flop pressure. Also, the more money that is already in the pot, the less value the $16 in bonus money has. You now stand to lose a great deal more than you could potentially win. It's time to let your hand go. Unless of course you know that the button is capable of light 3-betting.

Q: The game is $1-2 NLHE, nine handed. You are in middle position with 7-2 offsuit and the action is folded around to you. What should you do?
A: Fold. There is no bonus given for 7-2 offsuit, only for suited hands. It's still the worst hand in Hold'em, remember?


Good luck at the tables!
Team PokerSchoolOnline



Tournament of Champions Winner 2013

Bracelet Winner

 
Old
Default
Mon Sep 30, 2013, 05:43 PM
(#2)
Grade b's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 3,604
effsea's going to be rich!!!!

is there a max number of times we can do this ie once per day?


I am always ready to learn although I do not always like being taught. ~Winston Churchill

13 Time Bracelet Winner


 
Old
Default
Mon Sep 30, 2013, 05:45 PM
(#3)
JWK24's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 24,814
(Super-Moderator)
BronzeStar
Yeah, should be right up Eff's alley

John (JWK24)


Super-Moderator



6 Time Bracelet Winner


 
Old
Default
Mon Sep 30, 2013, 05:52 PM
(#4)
Fadyen's Avatar
Since: Apr 2012
Posts: 1,917
Quote:
Originally Posted by Grade b View Post
is there a max number of times we can do this ie once per day?
Yes. A player can claim up to three prizes per day (between 00:00 ET-23:59 ET, server time) up to a maximum of $60. If a player wins more than three prizes during the same day the highest prize amounts will be credited.

You can find full terms and conditions for the promotion on the PokerStars website here.



Tournament of Champions Winner 2013

Bracelet Winner

 
Old
Default
Mon Sep 30, 2013, 07:04 PM
(#5)
sunil786's Avatar
Since: May 2013
Posts: 113
cool promo
 
Old
Default
Mon Sep 30, 2013, 07:20 PM
(#6)
TrustySam's Avatar
Since: Aug 2010
Posts: 8,291
BronzeStar
Went and checked my database, and out of almost 60,000 hands at 10nl I've only actually voluntarily put $ in the pot with 72s twice - some might say that's two times more than I should have , but it's only been when the two in the blinds are super-tight like here:




Hopefully lots of people who wouldn't usually give zoom a try think this sounds like a fun promo and open up a couple of tables - not sure I'll worry too much about the bonus prize, since it's not so much in terms of bb though
 
Old
Default
Mon Sep 30, 2013, 08:10 PM
(#7)
Bill Curran's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,506
Eff will like it, but would like it much more if it was 7 2 and not just suited.

7 2 suited is by no means the worst hand.

 
Old
Default
Mon Sep 30, 2013, 09:26 PM
(#8)
ForrestFive's Avatar
Since: May 2011
Posts: 2,036
It starts in just a few hours.

Going to bed soon but not too drunk to look at T&C. So 3-way pre? Would a btn steal qualify as the blinds have been dealt in?

hiccup


2) To qualify for a prize, a minimum of three players need to be dealt into the hand. Hands dealt in heads-up games do not count towards the promotion.

Doh - I'm an idiot there are Heads-Up cash games.

Last edited by ForrestFive; Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 09:36 PM.. Reason: Idiot
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 03:14 PM
(#9)
ForrestFive's Avatar
Since: May 2011
Posts: 2,036
So,

booming 72s

at 10NL is 10c x 5 opponents = 50c?

So c-bet bluffing 43c has to be worth the risk.
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 03:19 PM
(#10)
PINOY_HITMAN's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 4,717
http://www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-h...646_957A04B669


72 suited boom

PH
.
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 03:27 PM
(#11)
ForrestFive's Avatar
Since: May 2011
Posts: 2,036
Quote:
Originally Posted by PINOY_HITMAN View Post
That's what I call a bluff.
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 05:07 PM
(#12)
PINOY_HITMAN's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 4,717
Quote:
Originally Posted by ForrestFive View Post
That's what I call a bluff.
This one is Real BOOM

http://www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-h...692_147ADC5C9E
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 05:34 PM
(#13)
TrustySam's Avatar
Since: Aug 2010
Posts: 8,291
BronzeStar
Wow, Hitman's doing awesome with the 27s


Guess this promo's better for full-ring if the prize is 1bb x 8 for full-ring (45c at 5nl), but only 1bb x5 for 6-max (50c at 10nl) ... couldn't resist giving 27s a shot (utg - d'oh! ), and now I'm down 30c


http://www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-h...452_A85004E816
 
Old
Default
3 in the bag - Tue Oct 01, 2013, 05:47 PM
(#14)
MrSmith999's Avatar
Since: Jun 2010
Posts: 87
http://www.boomplayer.com/no/poker-h...847_EC3FA088CB

For sure was sweating during this one, lol!;
http://www.boomplayer.com/no/poker-h...719_8483449025

http://www.boomplayer.com/no/poker-h...616_A6BDF5E212

All achieved within 300 hands at NL25 and 10 Zoom FR
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 06:06 PM
(#15)
PINOY_HITMAN's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 4,717
Quote:
Originally Posted by TrustySam View Post
Wow, Hitman's doing awesome with the 27s


Guess this promo's better for full-ring if the prize is 1bb x 8 for full-ring (45c at 5nl), but only 1bb x5 for 6-max (50c at 10nl) ... couldn't resist giving 27s a shot (utg - d'oh! ), and now I'm down 30c


http://www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-h...452_A85004E816
Testing my PT4 and trying to get use to it and used data.

3rd 27 suited

http://www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-h...259_F7D4608487

Enjoy my friend and good luck...

PH
.
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 06:09 PM
(#16)
PINOY_HITMAN's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 4,717
Quote:
Originally Posted by MrSmith999 View Post
2nd one is 100% sweat.

Congrats!!!

PH
.
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 06:19 PM
(#17)
PINOY_HITMAN's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 4,717
4th and last one for today

http://www.boomplayer.com/en/poker-h...633_BDDDC9DDB1

PH
.
 
Old
Default
Tue Oct 01, 2013, 06:34 PM
(#18)
GamblingProp's Avatar
Since: Jan 2013
Posts: 714
Had a session of 500+ hands just trying to get 72 suited.
Got KK and AA 2 times but 72 suited nada.
Thankfully I made a few bucks from that painful session.
When I finally got 72s, I didn't hesitate.
How 72 should be played in my opinion!
 
Old
Default
Wed Oct 02, 2013, 04:45 AM
(#19)
sunil786's Avatar
Since: May 2013
Posts: 113
same here no 72s for me till now
 
Old
Default
Wed Oct 02, 2013, 06:56 AM
(#20)
PINOY_HITMAN's Avatar
Since: Oct 2010
Posts: 4,717
when they will credit the bonus?

any one got it?

PH
.
 

Getting PokerStars is easy: download and install the PokerStars game software, create your free player account, and validate your email address. Clicking on the download poker button will lead to the installation of compatible poker software on your PC of 51.7 MB, which will enable you to register and play poker on the PokerStars platform. To uninstall PokerStars use the Windows uninstaller: click Start > Control Panel and then select Add or Remove programs > Select PokerStars and click Uninstall or Remove.

Copyright (c) PokerSchoolOnline.com. All rights reserved, Rational Group, Douglas Bay Complex, King Edward Road, Onchan, Isle of Man, IM3 1DZ. You can email us on support@pokerschoolonline.com