If you are familiar with Single Draw Lowball poker, learning how to play Deuce to Seven Triple Draw will be very simple as the two games are identical in many ways (there are simply more draws and betting rounds in Triple Draw). If you are new to Lowball games or Draw games in general, rest assured that you will have a firm grasp on the basics by the time you reach the end of this article.
2-7 Triple Draw Lowball – usually simply called Triple Draw – is a quite popular Draw poker game that can be both exciting and unpredictable, making it a popular game among gamblers and poker pros alike. While creating a strong hand in Triple Draw relies more on luck than some other poker variations, don’t be fooled; the game requires a good deal of skill and expertise to master (as observation and bluffing techniques are essential to overcome the luck factor and become a consistent winner). Make sure that after reading the rules here, you continue on to the Triple Draw Strategy page for tips on how to turn a profit.
The goal of Triple Draw is to create the best five card lowball hand. When making your hand in 2-7 games, you need to remember several important rules. First, aces are always high and therefore are undesirable. Additionally, straights and flushes count against you (as opposed to games like Razz, in which they do not) so they should be avoided at all costs. The best hand in Triple Draw (and in any 2-7 game) is 2-3-4-5-7 because it contains all the lowest cards in the deck without making a straight (which would cripple your hand).
Triple Draw is typically played one of two ways. In recent years, it is more popularly found as a No Limit game, meaning there are no betting limits and that players can bet and raise any amount up to what they have in chips. However, the game is traditionally played with structured betting limits, meaning that players can only bet and raise in predetermined increments. No matter which variation you are playing, the basic rules of Triple Draw remain the same.
A full Tripe Draw Lowball table seats six players. The game can sometimes be played with antes (small equal amounts posted by each player prior to the deal) but in this article we will discuss how the game is played with blinds. The dealer button (a small round puck) is placed in front of one person and is moved clockwise around the poker table after each hand is over. The players seated on the left of the button post the blinds; there is typically a small blind on the button’s immediate left and a big blind to their left, which is usually twice the size of the small blind. These are forced bets that are required to be placed before the cards have been dealt, and they determine the minimum bet when the action begins.
Each player is dealt five face down “hole” cards before the first round of betting begins, starting with the player sitting on the left of the big blind. They have the option to call (put in an equal amount to the big blind bet), raise, or fold the hand and no longer contend for the pot. Action continues clockwise around the table until everyone has acted, finishing with the players in the blind positions.
After the initial betting round, there is a draw. Player can now exchange any or none of their cards for new ones in hopes of improving their hand. If a player chooses to keep all of their hole cards, this is called “standing pat.”
Play continues with another betting round, now beginning with the first player seated on the button’s immediate left. Another draw ensues, followed by another round of betting. A third and final draw then takes place before the last betting round. Once this is complete, players compare holdings in what is called a “showdown.” The player holding the lowest 2-7 hand will receive the pot. The button is pushed one spot clockwise, new blinds are posted, and the cards are dealt again.