What is 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball?
2-7 Triple Draw Lowball is, as the name suggests, a draw game in
which the low hand wins. In case you’re unfamiliar with draw
games or lowball games, let’s examine what they are a bit
In a draw game, you can throw away cards you don’t want after
a betting round and then pick up new ones. The frequency at which
you can do this depends on the particular game. In 2-7 Triple Draw
Lowball, there are three draws – hence the “triple” in
In a lowball game, you aim to make the best low 5-card
poker hand rather than the best high 5-card poker hand. Low hands
are essentially collections of low-ranked cards – for example
2-3-4-6-7 qualifies as a low hand.
2-7 Triple Draw Lowball poker sites combine these two game elements
to form a really fun variant of poker.
What’s the Deal with Low Hands?
Let’s talk a bit more about low hands, because they can be
confusing. A low hand is not something like a pair of twos
or a 2-3-4-5-6 straight. Those are “low” in some sense,
when you’re playing a Hi poker variant. But in a 2-7 Triple
Draw Lowball game, neither of these hands qualify as low hands.
At 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball poker sites, your hand qualifies as
- It contains five cards between 2 and 7
- It does not contain any combination hand, like a pair
or three of a kind
- It does not contain a flush
- It does not contain a straight
Essentially, you want to collect 5 completely unconnected cards
in order to make a low. To illustrate, here is a list of the best
showdown hands in 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball, in order from strongest
You can probably see the pattern in the above list. The lower the
cards in your hand, the more powerful your hand is.
Most players at 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball poker sites get really
confused when it comes to hand rankings. Thus you’ll gain
a huge edge if you simply know what you’re aiming for. As
we’ve seen, it’s not hard to determine which hands beat
which other hands. It’s just a matter of adjusting your perspective.
How Do I Play 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball?
Now that you know what the goal is in 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball,
you’re mostly ready to play. From here, you just need to know
the basic structure of the game in order to sit in prepared.
- Like in Holdem and Omaha, 2-7 Triple Draw has two blinds: the
small blind and the big blind. Before any cards are dealt, the
player immediately to the button’s left must post the small
blind and the player to the small blind’s left must post
the big blind. The big blind is usually an amount corresponding
to the lowest betting limit in the game, and the small blind is
usually half of that.
- Once the blinds are posted, each player is dealt five cards
face down. A big reason 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball poker sites are
so much fun is because of the mystery factor – you never
know what your opponents are holding, and they never know what
you’re holding, either.
- The first betting round begins with the player to the big blind’s
left. 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball is a fixed limit game, and for the
first round betting amounts correspond to the game’s lowest
- Once the betting round is complete, remaining players can choose
to stand pat or discard up to 5 cards. If you choose to discard,
you’ll be dealt fresh cards to take the place of those you
- A second betting round ensues, lead by the player to the left
of the button.
- A second draw occurs.
- A third betting round ensues, same as the second betting round.
- The third and final draw occurs.
- The fourth and final betting round begins, if there are any
- If after the final betting round there are two or more players
left in the hand, a showdown occurs. Remaining players compare
cards, and determine who has the best low five-card poker
- The winner claims the pot.
As you can see, there’s nothing especially complicated about
playing at 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball poker sites. It’s a simple
game, and that’s what makes it fun.
What Are Some 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Poker Sites?
Since 2-7 Triple Draw is a relatively unpopular game, not many
poker sites spread it. I could send you on a wild scavenger hunt
to find the few 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball poker sites out there, but
that would be mean. Instead, I’ll introduce you to two of
them right here.
Lock Poker is one of the two best 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball poker
sites online. You’ll find games from the super-micro stakes
through the high stakes at Lock, although there aren’t many
players above $0.25/0.50. Lock Poker features a solid software client,
a good set of in-game features, and a cool set of promotions; so
it’s not only good for 2-7 Triple Draw, it’s a good
Sportsbook Poker is another 2-7 Triple Draw poker site I like,
and it’s quite similar to Lock Poker. No surprise, since the
two rooms share a network. You’ll find the software and player
volume to be similar at Lock and Sportsbook Poker, so pick the one
that ‘feels right’ to you.
3 Tips to Beat 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball Poker Sites
- Play tight
at the first betting round. Most players play way
too many hands in 2-7 Triple Draw, so you’ll gain an edge
if you pick yours wisely. As a general rule you should throw away
any hand with three high cards in it, or at least don’t
pay to play with them. Avoid hands that rely on making slim-chance
draws, like 2-5-A-K-Q. If your hand doesn’t have a 2 or
a 3 in it to begin with, you might want to toss it.
- Don’t play out of position. By this I mean don’t
be the first to act, unless you’ve got a really excellent
hand. Since there are four betting rounds in 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball,
this is quite important. Open up when you’re playing from
the cutoff or the button, and seriously tighten up when you’re
in the blinds or under the gun.
- Don’t draw like a maniac. Chasing draws will kill
you in 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball. I know that discarding and redrawing
is the most exciting part of the game, but decide whether you’re
in it to make money or to gamble. Making money gets me excited,
hence why I don’t draw on slim odds – and that’s
why you should avoid it, too.