OBJECTIVE OF 2-7 TRIPLE DRAW: Win the pot!
NUMBER OF PLAYERS: 2+ players
NUMBER OF CARDS: standard 52-card
RANK OF CARDS: A (high), K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
TYPE OF GAME: Casino
INTRODUCTION TO 2-7 TRIPLE DRAW
2-7 Triple Draw or Deuce to Seven Triple Draw is a lowball variant of Draw poker. In lowball poker, the lowest hand wins. There are numerous ways to rank hands in lowball poker, to learn the details of deuce to seven rankings click here and find out more on poker hand rankings.
For a simple overview for more experienced players, in 2-7 straights and flushes count against low hands. Aces are always high. So, the best hand in 2-7 is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7.
Draw poker games have forced bets called blinds. The player to the left of the dealer is the small blind, they pay the smaller of the forced bets. The player to the left of the small blind is the big blind. The big blind pays are larger forced bet. The small blind is typically half the size of the big blind. However, both bets are smaller than a minimum bet. The game may also be played with an ante, which is a small forced bet each player who wishes to be active must place.
Players are dealt five cards, face-down, one a time. After, there is a round of betting. As usual, players can bet, call, and raise. Players still in the game after the first betting round get to draw. Players discard any number of cards in hand and the dealer replaces an equal number of cards. Each hand must retain the total of 5 cards. Drawing is optional, if you have a strong hand you can choose to “stand pat,” and not draw or discard any cards.
Discard starts with the player to the left of the dealer and moves clockwise.
After the first draw is completed, there is another betting round. The betting begins with the first active player to the left of the dealer.
This is repeated two more times, for a total of three drawing rounds, hence the name Triple Draw. After the fourth betting round, active players move into the showdown.
Active players compare their hands. The hand with the best low hand in 2-7 hand rankings wins the pot. If the hands are equal, the pot is split evenly. Reminder, ace is always the highest value card.