2 - 7 Triple Draw

OVERVIEW

Five Card 2 - 7 Triple Draw is the exact opposite of five card draw, here the lowest hand wins as opposed to the highest hand in Five Card Draw. In other the words here the worst hand is the best hand and you get to draw cards three times as opposed to the once in five card draw.

OBJECTIVE

  • The main aim is to make the lowest possible five card hand. If a player manages to make the lowest hand possible he wins the pot. A player may also bluff at a pot to win.

GAME PLAY

  • SITDOWN - Five Card Draw 2-7 Triple Draw can be played by 2-6 players at a single table.
  • In Poker the Dealer never plays instead a round plastic disc called 'The Button' moves around the table clockwise from player to player starting from the first player to the immediate left of the House Dealer.
  • Before every round of play begins the button is shifted to the next player on the left to indicate the dealer for that round. A player is said to be 'on the button' if he is the dealer for the round of play. All players post their Antes and the Small Blind is posted by the player to the immediate left of the button, the Big Blind is posted by the player to the left of the Small Blind.
  • After the Blinds and Antes have been posted the House Dealer deals 5 cards to each player at the table (known as hole cards).
  • Once the players receive all five cards the first round of betting starts from the player to the left of the big blind and moves around the table with each player either calling previous bets, raising, or folding
  • Once the betting round is complete, the players enter the first drawing round.
  • Starting with the player on the dealer's left, the player announce how many cards he would like to throw away from his hand and receives new ones in return.
  • The dealer deals all of the cards to that player at once before moving on to the next player.
  • If a player chooses to exchange all 5 cards the dealer will only deal 4 cards to him, the fifth card is dealt to him after all players receive their replacement cards.
  • If the player discarding all five cards is last to be dealt cards, the dealer will deal them four cards at once, then burns one card (discarding it face down on the table) before dealing the player his fifth and final card.
  • A player may also choose not to change any cards and stay with the same hand. This is known as 'Standing Pat'.
  • After all players have received their replacement cards the second betting round begins from the player to the left of the dealer.
  • When the second betting round is complete, again players are allowed to exchange cards and the dealer replaces these cards in the same manner as in the first drawing round.
  • Similarly the drawing round is followed by the third betting round.
  • Then the players are allowed to draw a third time which makes way for the fourth and last round of betting.
  • Once all the betting is complete the best (lowest) five card hand wins the pot.

BETTING STRUCTURES

  • The Small Blind is posted by the player to the left of the Button or the dealer.
  • The Big Blind is posted by the player to the left of the small Blind.
  • The player to the left of the Big Blind kicks off the betting for the first round. In all subsequent betting rounds the betting is kicked off by the Small Blind
  • Players may either Call or Raise the Big Blind if they wish to play the hand or else the may fold.

HAND RANKING

  • The best possible 2-7 Lowball hand is 7-5-4-3-2 (with all five cards NOT of the same suit).
  • Straights, flushes and pairs are counted against you.
  • Having a straight does not kill your hand, but lessens the value
  • The ace is used only as a high card.
  • Because the ace is a high card, 5-4-3-2-A is not considered to be a straight but an A-5 high.
  • Any two players holding the same hand split the pot.

 

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