Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw (commonly called simply “Triple Draw” or “Kansas City Lowball”) is a game very similar to Single Draw Lowball. While these draw games are not as popular as the more modern games like Hold’em and Omaha, they are still spread regularly in live casinos, online card rooms and in major tournament series. Because of the extra added draws that make Triple Draw an unpredictable game, it is a favorite among action junkies and gamblers.
The goal of Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw is to make the lowest five card poker hand. Lowball hands are ranked differently than games like Razz because flushes and straights do in fact count against your hand. Additionally, aces are always high. Remembering those two important rules, it should make sense that the best possible Lowball hand is 2-3-4-5-7 with at least one suit being different from the rest (in other words, you do not have a flush). Because Aces are always high, if you held A-2-3-4-5 (a “wheel”), you would not have a straight but instead simply have Ace high. Unlike some other games like Omaha High/Low and Stud High/Low, your hand does not have to qualify to make a low.
Each player is dealt five face-down cards (“hole cards”) at the start of the hand. In 2-7 Triple Draw, there is an initial round of betting once the cards are dealt. Then comes the first of three draws (as the name Triple Draw suggests). Every player has the opportunity to draw new cards in exchange for their old ones while attempting to improve their holding. Players may exchange any number (or none) of their cards during the draw. If a player decided to keep all of their cards, it is called “standing pat.” There is another round of betting before and after the second draw. Finally, the last draw takes place and there is one final betting round before the Showdown, in which players compare their hands and a winner is determined.
Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw can be played in several different variations; Limit (players must bet and raise only in predetermined specified increments), No Limit (players are unlimited in their bet and raise amounts, and may wager any amount up to what they have in front of them), and Pot Limit (players can only bet and raise up the amount that is currently in the pot). Triple Draw Lowball is usually played as a No Limit game, which makes it even more intriguing to those who love to gamble and put their entire stacks on the line.
Because Triple Draw offers players three drawing opportunities to improve their hand, it has a higher element of luck than games that offer only a single draw. It can be quite a frustrating game, but also a very rewarding one, and luck is certainly only one component. Being able to read other players and bluff when it is appropriate is a necessary part of becoming a winning Triple Draw player, because you can’t always count on the cards to come your way. Playing “tight” (folding hands that aren’t typically strong) will not work for long in Triple Draw, as you will simply get run over by your opponents. Being aggressive with both your calls and bluffs is essential to turning a profit.
For full rules on how to play Deuce-to-Seven Triple Draw Lowball please read the Rules page. Then, when you have a handle on how the game is played and how the betting works, you should move on to the Triple Draw Strategy page, which offers tips on how to outsmart your opponents and maximize your chances for profit at the tables.