Kansas City Lowball (Deuce to Seven)

published on 02/19/08 at 10:16 am

PokerPlasm.comIn Kansas City Lowball, also called “Deuce to Seven,” straights and flushes do count, and aces are high. The worst possible hand is 7 5 4 3 2, since no five high hand is possible and 6 5 4 3 2 would make a straight. In other respects, the game is played just like California lowball. Kansas City Lowball is more popular today among high stakes and tournament players, and will appear in the 2008 World Series of Poker.

In high stakes mixed games, the game is sometimes played “triple draw,” meaning you can replace cards from your hand three times, with betting after every draw. This game can be very complex and expensive and is not for the faint of heart.

What you should remember in both forms of lowball is that you should only be playing if you have a one- or two-card draw to a very low hand. This is not a game where you should be doing a lot of speculating. If an opponent stands pat (takes no cards), you may want to draw to an even lower hand than you might have originally. For example, if you hold K 9 5 3 2 and your opponents all draw two or three cards, you may want to simply discard the king and draw to the nine. If one or more opponents stand pat, you should probably either fold or dump both the king and the nine.

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