Duece to Seven Lowball Poker Explained
Deuce to Seven is a form of lowball poker where straights and flushes count against a hand and aces are always high. The best possible deuce to seven hand is 2-3-4-5-7 which must be in two or more suits (non flushed). This lowball ranking system is generally exclusive to draw lowball games, though in rare cases a 7 card stud version of deuce to seven lowball is offered.
The world’s largest online poker site PokerStars.com offers Deuce to Seven Lowball in both No Limit Single Draw and Triple Draw. The Triple Draw version is available with fixed limit, pot limit and no limit betting structures, with fixed limit being the most common.
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The most popular form of Deuce to Seven Lowball, both live and online, is Triple Draw, however the Single Draw version has a much richer history which you can read about on our page 2-7 Lowball.
Deuce to Seven Hand Rankings
Deuce to Seven Lowball’s competitor is Ace to Five, which does not consider straights and flushes part of the hand ranking and always considers an ace a low card. In Deuce to Seven an ace is always high, so while A-2-3-4-5, which is the best Ace to Five hand, is not a straight it is a poor hand that would lose to even a king high.
When ranking a deuce to seven hand, what is first looked for is if the hand has a pair, straight or flush. These are poor hands which rarely win at showdown. Once the hand is determined to be clear of these ranks, we then look at the highest of the five cards. For example, a 2-3-5-7-9 hand is a nine low. This hand would beat a ten low, jack low etc. If both players’ highest card is the same, their next highest card is examined. This process continues through each kicker until a winner is determined.
Best Deuce to Seven Hands
In Deuce to Seven players often refer to hands by number. Example: 2-3-4-5-7 is the best possible deuce to seven hand and is, therefore, referred to as number one.
Top Ten Deuce to Seven Hands
In Deuce to Seven Triple Draw where many opportunities are available to draw a strong hand, many players mistakenly overvalue 8-7 low hands. As your can see even the best 8-7 low hand has nine other hands that can beat it. An 8-7-6 low hand is an extremely marginal one and generally only wins when both players are drawing late in triple draw.