Lowball Poker Hand Rankings


The Deuce to Seven Lowball hand rankings are the exact opposite of the traditional ‘high’ hand rankings. Therefore, the worst possible hand in traditional high poker – seven-five high, with different suits, becomes the best possible hand in deuce to seven lowball (a ‘perfect seven’ low or ‘wheel’). Below you will find a list of poker hands in order from highest to lowest to help you get started, as well as the top starting hands for Texas Hold'em. Click the button on the right to get a cheat sheet that displays the traditional poker hand rankings, which are used in the most popular variants of poker.

In hold'em, players receive two down cards as their personal hand (holecards), after which there is a round of betting. Three board cards are turned simultaneously (called the flop) and another round of betting occurs. The next two board cards are turned one at a time, with a round of betting after each card. The board cards are community cards, and a player can use any five-card combination from among the board and personal cards. A player can even use all of the board cards and no personal cards to form a hand ('play the board'). A dealer button is used. The usual structure is to use two blinds, but it is possible to play the game with one blind, multiple blinds, an ante, or combination of blinds plus an ante.
Rounds of Betting
  • Opening deal- Each player is dealt two cards face down, which are known as hole cards or pocket cards.

  • First round of betting- Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, each player can call the big blind, raise, or fold. The big blind has the option to raise an otherwise unraised pot.
  • The flop- The dealer burns a card, and then deals three community cards face up. The first three cards are referred to as the flop, while all of the community cards are collectively called the board.

  • Second round of betting- Starting with the player to the left of the dealer button, each player can check or bet. Once a bet has been made, each player can raise, call, or fold.
  • The turn- The dealer burns another card, and then adds a fourth card face-up to the community cards. This fourth card is known as the turn card, or fourth street.
  • The Turn

  • Third round of betting- It follows the same format as the second round, but the size of the bets have usually doubled in limit games.
  • The river- The dealer burns another card, and then adds a fifth and final card to the community cards. This fifth card is known as the river card, or fifth street.
  • Flop
    The River

  • Final round of betting- It follows the same format as the second and third rounds.
  • The showdown- Using the best five-card combination of their hole cards and the community cards, the remaining players show their hands, with the bettor or last raiser showing first. The highest five-card hand wins the pot. (In case of a tie, the pot is evenly split among the winning hands.)
Other Texas Hold'em Poker Rules
    These rules deal only with irregularities. SeeButton and Blinduse for rules on that subject.
  • If the first or second hole card dealt is exposed, a misdeal results. The dealer retrieves the card, reshuffles, and recuts the cards. If any other holecard is exposed due to a dealer error, the deal continues. The exposed card can not be kept. After completing the hand, the dealer replaces the card with the top card on the deck, and the exposed card is then used for the burncard. If more than one hole card is exposed, this is a misdeal and there must be a redeal.
  • If the flop contains too many cards, it must be redealt. (This applies even if it is possible to know which card is the extra one.)
  • If the flop needs to be redealt because the cards were prematurely flopped before the betting was complete, or the flop contained too many cards, the board cards are mixed with the remainder of the deck. The burn card remains on the table. After shuffling, the dealer cuts the deck and deals a new flop without burning a card.
    See Explanations,discussion #2, for more information on this rule.
  • If the dealer turns the fourth card on the board before the betting round is complete, the card is taken out of play for that round, even if subsequent players elect to fold. The betting is then completed. The dealer burns and turns what would have been the fifth card in the fourth card's place. After this round of betting, the dealer reshuffles the deck, including the card that was taken out of play, but not including the burn cards or discards. The dealer then cuts the deck and turns the final card without burning a card. If the fifth card is turned up prematurely, the deck is reshuffled and dealt in the same manner.
    See Explanations,discussion #2, for more information on this rule.
  • If the dealer mistakenly deals the first player an extra card (after all players have received their starting hands), the card is returned to the deck and used for the burn card. If the dealer mistakenly deals more than one extra card, it is a misdeal.
  • If you are playing the board, you must so declare before you throw your cards away; otherwise you relinquish all claim to the pot.

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

Lowball Poker Hand Rankings

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.

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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.


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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?

How To Play Lowball Poker

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.

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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.

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