2-7 (Deuce to Seven) Triple Draw is a variant of the popular poker online game. It's a lowball form of poker where the best hand is the worst traditional poker. Although the game rules are simple, it may seem confusing to rookies. Therefore, understanding the mechanics is important.
Understanding the hand values is quite complex. Since the worst hand is considered the best, remember that Aces are always high in ranking. Flushes, Pairs and straights are against you.
2-7 triple draw rules and ranking:
- 2-3-4-5-7 best hand unsuited
- 2-3-4-6-7 next best hand unsuited
- 2-3-4-5-6-7 not good (straight cards make the player unlikely to win)
For Triple Draw hands, ranking starts from highest to lowest card. If you're holding two same high cards, the next highest card predicts the winner. For illustration:
- Player 1 holds cards: 2-3-4-5-K
- Player 2 holds cards: 6-8-T-J-Q
Above, Player 2 is held winner because King is higher than the Queen. It doesn't matter if the first four cards are lower, what matters is the last card. The last cards are the ones that will compete with each other.
Blinds and Deal
Similar to Texas Hold-em, Triple Draw is played with blinds. The small blind (half-bet) is the player on the left of the dealer while, Big blind (full bet) is the player on the left of the small blind.
A button is positioned near the dealer and this will promote the clockwise movement of the table. For individual players, there's no need to deal since a full-time dealer is present. The button of the dealer keeps the game going, thus, each player has to pay the blinds.
The dealer will then give five cards to each player whenever all blinds were paid. To equally distribute the cards, they are dealt one by one starting from the player on the dealer's left side.
First Betting Round
After all the cards were dealt, the first betting round begins in a clockwise position starting from the player on the left of the big blind. The first player has a significant role to call the blinds whether to fold, raise or stay in. When a player calls for a raise, the rest must match with the fold or raise. The first betting round shall use small bets if there's a fixed limit structure on the game.
Players can opt to receive new cards as they discard their old cards. This is done in a clockwise movement from the person to the left.
Second Betting Round
The player on the left of the dealer begins this second round of betting using small bets.
Just like the first draw, players in this draw may discard and receive cards.
Third Betting Round
This round is similar as the previous, but players shall use big bets. For instance, with $10 / $20, betting, increment would be $20.
This is the last draw following the same mechanics as the previous.
Fourth Betting Round
This is the final betting round and following the same mechanics of earlier rounds.
The showdown is the climax of the game that determines the winning player - someone with the lowest pot. In the case where only one player is left on the final betting round, he collects the pot without revealing his cards.