Lowball Poker Rules – Deuce to Seven Draw
Lowball, better known as “Deuce to Seven Draw”, is one of the rarest, but at the same time, one of the most unusual types of poker. As Lowball 2-7 is not very popular, one can find it not in all poker rooms, but some, the largest ones, such as PokerStars, still have it. In this article, we offer you to study the basic rules and peculiarities of the game.
Basic Rules of Lowball
Peculiarities and hands of the game
So, Lowball is a kind of the game in which the player with the worst game hand wins. As you know, almost in all other famous kinds of poker the main purpose of the player is to collect the best combination of cards.
The weakest hand in Lowball can be defined in several different ways. Given that in poker ace can be both the highest and the lowest card, in Lowball it is always the highest card.
The best hand in Lowball is 2-3-4-5-7 – the ‘wheel’, i.e. combination from Deuce to Seven without paired cards, straight and flush. So you should always try to collect five lowest cards in the deck, while avoiding straight, flush and pairs.
How to play Lowball
The course of the game is not much different from 5 Card Draw, except that the player needs to collect the lowest hand. Before the start, a dealer is chosen, and then two players behind him post blinds. However, one can play Lowball without blinds, having bet ante, which forms the pot from each player.
Players are dealt 5 cards face down. Then there is a round of betting, which is called “Pre-draw”. Here players have the opportunity to raise, to call the previous bet or fold. Then there is another round of betting: 1st, 2nd and 3rd. At the same time, in every round of betting players can replace from 1 to 5 cards, or even all of them. If there are three replacements, and there are not enough cards on the table, cards that were discarded are used.
After the last round of betting, the players show their cards and the winner is determined – the one with the lowest hand.
Lowball Poker varieties
There are Lowballs with different bets. The easiest is the limited one, with the smallest pot and more rapid adaptation. Tougher is pot-limit, since the player has the opportunity to make a bet equal to the existing pot. And the most difficult is the unlimited version of Lowball. Bets are not limited here, so any player at the table can go all in.
As you can see, this is pretty exciting game, but at the same time it is quite unusual and unpredictable.