What to Play: Deuce to Seven Lowball

Posted in Poker on Oct 22, 2009

deuce-7Deuce to Seven Lowball may be something of a secret to those more inexperienced poker players out there. In this game, four rounds of betting occur and, in all, each player gets five cards, all of which are dealt in the face down position. To that end, the game is a bit like Five Card Draw.

The difference is that, in this game, you are allowed to draw a total of three times — basically, during most of the betting sessions. One betting session occurs when players get their initial cards; then, each time the players are allowed to draw, another betting session occurs.

In this game, the ultimate goal is for you to make the five lowest cards that you can — without any pairs, straights, or flushes. Ace cards count as the highest possible cards rather than as ones. Thus, in Deuce to Seven Lowball, just as the name suggests, the ideal hand is: 2 3 4 5 7. However, any regular flushes, straights, or straight flushes will count against you. So, you do not want a 6 in there.

So, say you have 4 6 7 8 9 in off suits, but another player has the exact same hand in all diamonds. They lose by virtue of having a flush.

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