Kansas City Lowball Rules

by trikkur

Kansas City Lowball is a draw poker game that is much like five card draw, except the winning hand is the lowest possible hand that can be made. Kansas City Lowball is also referred to as 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball or simply deuce to seven Lowball. Kansas City Lowball is more popular in brick and mortar than online, but it is available at the web’s largest poker room – PokerStars. Detailed Kansas City Lowball rules are covered below.

The Deal in Kansas City Lowball

Kansas City Lowball is considered one of the “blind games”. This means that the player directly to the left of the dealer button must put in the small blind (for example, in a $5/$10 game, the small blind bets $5), while the player to the small blind’s left is known as the big blind (and in this instance, he would bet $10). Dealing begins to the left of the dealer and continues clockwise around the game table. Each player is deal five cards that are facing down. Betting begins once each player has received their initial five cards. The player to the left of the big blind will begin the betting for the first round. Once that is done, the first draw begins.

Kansas City Lowball Hand

The Best Hand in Kansas City Lowball

The Draw in Kansas City Lowball

During the first draw, players can discard and replace cards in their hands that are unappealing. The draw begins with the small blind (the player to the left of the dealer’s button or dealer’s chip). Each player takes a turn announcing how many cards he would like to discard, and is dealt that number of cards, all at one time. This continues clockwise around the table. Players who choose to keep all of their original five cards may do so; when a player decides to keep all five cards that they were originally dealt, that player is said to be “rapping pat” or “standing pat”.

Players who want five new cards will be dealt four of those cards by the dealer and receive their fifth card after all other players have received their cards. If more than one player takes five cards, then they are given their final cards in the order that they are seated around the table in a clockwise fashion. If the final player to be dealt to decides to take five cards, the dealer will deal four cards to the player, burn one card, and then deal that player his fifth cards. Burning a card is simply discarding it from the game and not using it for play.

Final Betting and Showdown

When all players have been dealt the number of cards that they choose to receive, the second round of betting ensues. This round of betting will begin with the player who is in the small blind position (directly to the dealer’s left). The above pattern of dealing, discarding, and betting will continue until there is only one player left or there have been three drawing rounds. The showdown occurs after all betting is complete.

The winning hand is the hand that has the lowest possible value. Aces are considered high, not low, in Kansas City Lowball. The best hand is seven – five – four- three- two, although there must be two suits present (no flushes). Flushes, straights, and pairs count against players.

Where to Play Kansas City Lowball

Kansas City Lowball at Carbon PokerPlayers from the United States may have a hard time finding a Kansas City Lowball game online. Carbon Poker is the only room available to US players that offers Lowball and has enough players for the games to run. It is on the Merge Poker network, which has anywhere from 1,200 to 3,000 players logged in at a time. Most of these players will be playing Texas Hold'em or Omaha, but there are normally a few tables of limit 2-7 Triple Draw being played. Non-US players have a better option with PokerStars, but citizens like myself from the United States are not allowed to play there. As long as you don't mind waiting a few minutes for the Kansas City Lowball tables to start, or know how to play another variant of poker such as Hold'em or Omaha; you will be happy at Carbon. You can support PokerTrikz and earn yourself a $750 deposit bonus with a 35% VIP rakeback offer by signing up for Carbon Poker today. Good luck at the tables.

This article was submitted by my friend Josh. I may have done some quick edits, but the main content is his.