2-7 Lowball Draw Poker

2-7 Lowball Draw Poker has been played in live card rooms across the world for many years, however it recently enjoyed a surge in online popularity as players look for alternatives to Texas Hold’em, Omaha and Stud Poker to enjoy. The aim of the game is to compile a five card hand with the lowest five non-consecutive cards, using either one (“Single Draw”) or three (“Triple Draw”) changes of cards. The best hand that it is possible to achieve is an off-suit 23457, as flushes and straights are considered high. If you have two cards of the same rank in your hand, one is considered “dead”, and therefore 5-7-8-T-K would beat 3-6-6-9-T. The betting action for these games differs quite dramatically, as Single Draw is usually played No Limit whereas Triple Draw is most commonly played Flop Limit.

Ace is considered high in both versions of the game.

The Rules of 2-7 Single Draw Poker

The Start of the Game
A dealer is determined by each player being dealt a card, with the lowest ranked card receiving the “button”. The deal and the betting action rotate around the table in a clockwise direction.

The two players to the left of the dealer are known as the “Small Blind” and the “Big Blind” and they have to place forced bets to the value of the table stakes. For example, if you were playing on a table advertised as $1/$2, the first player would pay $1.00 into the pot, and the second $2.00. This is done to ensure that there is something to play for on each hand. 

Each player is then dealt five cards each, which only they can see.

The First Round of Betting
Commencing with the player to the left of the Big Blind, each player takes it in turn to “call” the minimum bet, “raise” the amount of the bet or “fold” their cards. Those folding their cards play no further part in the hand. Players still left in the hand after the first round of betting now have the opportunity to dispense with cards they no longer want (all five if necessary) and be dealt (“draw”) replacements from the pack. Those who have no cards to change are described as “Standing Pat”.

In draw games, it is possible for more cards to be needed than are remaining in the deck. In this case, the cards are reshuffled, and play continues using the new deck.

The Second Round of Betting
When the draw is complete, a second round of betting ensues, with players (starting from the Small Blind) having the option to “check”, “raise”, “call” or “fold”. If more than one player is left in the pot at the end of this round of betting, a showdown takes place with the player holding the best qualifying hand taking the pot.

The Rules of 2-7 Triple Draw Poker

 The Start of the Game
As with 2-7 “Single Draw” Poker, a dealer is determined by each player being dealt a card and the lowest ranked card receiving the “button”. The deal and the betting action again rotate around the table in a clockwise direction.

The two players to the left of the dealer are known as the “Small Blind” and the “Big Blind” and they have to place forced bets to the value of the table stakes. However, for “Triple Draw” the blinds are half those which are paid in the “Single Draw” version of the game. Therefore if you were playing on a table advertised as $1/$2, the first player would pay $0.50 into the pot, and the second $1.00. 

Each player is then dealt five cards each, which only they can see.

The First Round of Betting
Commencing with the player to the left of the Big Blind, each player takes it in turn to “call” the minimum bet, “raise” the amount of the bet or “fold” their cards. Units of betting are the lower of the two figures advertised at the table (for example $1 on a $1/$2 table) and betting is capped after one raise and three re-raises. Those folding their cards play no further part in the hand. Players still left in the hand after the first round of betting now have the opportunity to dispense with cards they no longer want (all five if necessary) and be dealt (“draw”) replacements from the pack. Those who have no cards to change are described as “Standing Pat”.

In draw games, it is possible for more cards to be needed than are remaining in the deck. In this case, the cards are reshuffled, and play continues using the new deck 

The Second Round of Betting
When the draw is complete, a second round of betting ensues, with players (starting from the Small Blind) having the option to “check”, “raise”, “call” or “fold”. In this round of betting, stakes remain at the lower of the two figures advertised for the table – ie $1 on a $1/$2 table.

Once this round of betting is complete, players have a second chance to draw replacement cards from the deck (reshuffled if required) and a third round of betting commences.

The Third Round of Betting
When the draw is once again completed, there is a further round of betting – this time with the stakes being the higher amount advertised at the table – $2 if playing on a $1/$2 table. Players again have the opportunity to “check”, “raise”, “call” or “fold”, and when this round of betting is completed, there is the opportunity for a third a final change of cards.

The Final Round of Betting
Once all changes have been made, there is a final round of betting – again commencing with the player in, or active player to the left of, the Small Blind position. Betting stakes are again subject to the higher amount as advertised on the table – therefore $2 on a $1/$2 table – and capped at four increments. Once the betting action is completed, there is a showdown and the player with the best 2-7 Lowball hand wins the pot.