2-7 Triple Poker is a variant of the card game, poker - with a twist. This draw poker version has the player with the best low hand win the pot, compared to regular poker (such as Texas Hold'em) when the player with the best high hand wins.
Players are dealt five cards and are allowed to discard any number of them (from zero to five) on the draw. They are then dealt replacement cards.
Each player has the chance to draw three times, although they do not have to discard on any (ie. they can ‘stand pat).
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Best Possible Hands in 2-7 Triple Draw Poker
As the objective is to create the best possible low hand, hands are ranked differently in Triple Draw Poker.
It should be remembered, therefore, that typical ‘good’ hands in poker count against your hand (such as flushes, straights and pairs).
Also, in Triple Draw, the Ace is always considered a high card.
This means that a straight in Triple Draw is T-J-K-Q-A (and not A-2-3-4-5).
The following is a list of poker hands, ranked from the least powerful to the most powerful:
J, 7, 4, 3, 2 (lowest hand)
8, 7, 6, 5, 4
7, 6, 5, 4, 3
5, 5, 5, 6, 3
2, 2, 7, 6, 5
A, 9, 6, 4, 2
A, 8, 7, 4, 2
A, 5, 4, 3, 2
K, J, 8, 7, 4
T, 7, 5, 4, 3
T, 6, 5, 4, 3
T, 6, 5, 4, 2
9, 7, 6, 4, 3
8, 6, 4, 3, 2
7, 6, 4, 3, 2
7, 5, 4, 3, 2 (highest hand – not of the same suit)
As can be seen, the best possible hand in Triple Draw is 7-5-4-3-2, also known as ‘the nuts’ or ‘the wheel’.
Cards are counted from highest to lowest and the highest value card in your hand will therefore count the most.
If a player’s high cards are of equal value, the next highest cards determine the value.
The Blinds in 2-7 Triple Draw Poker
- The small blind and the big blind are assigned to the players to left of the dealer. This will determine in which order the cards are dealt.
- Players who first buy into a game can either wait for the big blind to reach their position, or they can post a blind that is equal to be the big blind that is to be dealt in.
How to Play 2-7 Triple Draw Poker
- Play begins with the player to the left of the dealer button
- Five cards are dealt face down to each player at the table
- The first round of betting begins
- Each player has the choice to fold, call the current bet, or raise
- Should no one raise, the player in the big blind can check his or her hand (can retain that hand)
- Betting – fixed limit Triple Draw poker allows players to bet in sums of pre-determined limits that match the size of the blind. No limit Triple Draw allows players to bet all their chips any time in the game
- After the first round of betting, players still in the game can discard any or all their cards and get dealt new ones
- A new round of betting takes place after the first draw
- The player to the left of the dealer begins
- If no player bets, one has the choice to check the hand or make a bet
- Players facing a bet can fold, call or raise
- The second draw begins once the second round of betting ends
- Any player still in the game can discard any or all the cards. Alternatively, players can choose to stand pat
- Round three of betting takes place after new cards are drawn
- After the third draw, a final round of betting takes place
- After the last betting round, a showdown is held among all players still in the game
- The player who is holding the best low hand takes home the pot
- A tie will see the pot split equally among those players who share the best low hand
This type of poker is certainly a poker variant with a twist - best low hand win the pot.
Posted by CCJ Team