Kansas City Lowball Rules
Kansas City Lowball poker rules are very similar to all deuce to seven lowball games. Although you can’t currently play Kansas City Lowball online it is included as a WSOP event and played live in some casinos. The closest you’ll get to a game of Kansas City Lowball online is if you visit Pokerstars where you can play both 2-7 Single Draw and 2-7 Triple Draw in both cash games, sit and go tournaments and multi table tournaments.
Official Kansas City Rules
Any game of Kansas City Lowball starts with players being dealt five cards which are face down. The game uses the same big blind small blind system as Holdem with the player to the left of the dealer posting the small blind and the player to his left posting the big blind. The cards are then dealt and the action starts with the player to the left of the big blind.
A round of betting commences and any players who remain move forward to the drawing round. It is important to note that when playing Kansas City Lowball at most casinos you are only allowed to check and raise after the draw. Make sure you clarify this rule with the dealer or a member of the floor staff before you sit in the game.
All players now have the option of drawing cards from the deck. Players may draw as many or as few cards as they like or choose not to draw any cards at all. This is known as ‘Standing Pat’. A player who chooses to stand pat is usually thought to have a strong made hand.
After the drawing round is completed another round of betting commences followed by a showdown. The rules of Kansas City Lowball state that the winning hand is determined as follows:
Kansas City Lowball Hand Rankings
Aces are always considered to be high cards when playing Kansas City Lowball. Straights and flushes do count against your hand which makes the best possible hand an unsuited 2-3-4-5-7. Pairs are always considered bad. The highest card in any players hand is used to determine the strength of the hand, if this card is the same value as another player then the next highest card is used to determine the winner. Players who hold the exact same hand split the pot equally.
Kansas City Lowball can be played both with and without a joker in the deck. If you find yourself in a game which contains a joker then you will be allowed to use the joker, if you are dealt it, to substitute for any card you like. This makes the joker the most powerful card in the deck.
The top 5 Kansas City Lowball hands are as follows:
Kansas City Lowball is more often than not played as a limit poker game. This means that there is a cap on the amount any player can bet or raise during a hand. The round of betting which takes place before the draw always uses small betting limit and the round after the draw the big. For example in a $10/$20 before the draw players may bet and raise in amounts of $10. After the draw the limits double and players are permitted to bet and raise using increments of $20.
Where To Play Kansas City Lowball Online?
At present there are no online poker sites offering players the opportunity to play Kansas City Lowball online. However, you can play both 2-7 Single Draw and 2-7 Triple Draw online at Pokerstars. Although these games aren’t exactly the same as Kansas City Lowball they are similar and 2-7 single draw is virtually identical.
The traffic 2-7 games at Pokerstars is especially good where ring games are concerned and sit and go tournaments run on a regular basis at peak times as do multi table tournaments.