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Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball Poker

How to Play Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball Poker
by K. Swope of

Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball Poker is a very unique game. It is only possible to seat a maximum of six players at any table.

The structure of the game utilizes a small and big blind and is played in limit, pot limit, and no limit formats.

To begin, a button is used to designate a dealer and the two players to the immediate left of the dealer become the small and big blind, respectively.

Each player is dealt five cards face down and the initial round of betting begins where players must decide whether to stay or fold. When betting is complete the dealer begins the first draw faze.

Starting with the player to the left of the dealer and moving in a clockwise motion the remaining players choose to draw between zero (standing pat) to all five cards in their hand. When all remaining players have drawn another round of betting is made.

When betting is complete, the dealer begins the second draw. Again players have a choice to stand-pat or draw up to five cards. When the second draw round has been finished a round of betting takes place. After betting, the third and final draw faze begins.

As before, players may draw up five cards once again or simply stand-pat. A final round of betting is made and remaining players reveal their hands to determine a winner.

The name of the game is Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball. The previous paragraphs discussed the triple draw portion of the game. Now we will touch base as to the meaning behind “2-7 Lowball”.

In order to make a winning hand, players must attempt to draw and assemble the lowest possible cards in the deck without creating a straight.

The highest, least valuable, card in the deck is an ace. Hence, the best possible hand to achieve in this game is “2, 3, 4, 5, 7” or 2-7 Lowball. Flushes hold no value in Lowball.

Hands are read by starting with the highest card in a player’s hand and counting down. Quads, trips, and pairs are of very poor quality in this game and should not be kept when the opportunity to draw is possible. Any pair is defeated by a player holding ace high or lower.

Typically, a hand will not win unless you are able to make at least a nine high or lower. Try to begin hands that require you to make an initial draw of three cards or less. Beginning any hand with a “2, 3” combo is recommended.

For more information about this game, check out Hank Cashman's article on 2-7 Triple Draw Tips and Advice

Related: Deuce to Seven Lowball.


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