How to Play Lowball Poker

Lowball poker games are those that use low hand rankings. Learning how to play lowball is not as easy as it sounds. There are many variations of lowball poker, with the most common being Razz, Badugi and 2-7 Single Draw. Badugi is the most difficult lowball game to master, but once you know the hand rankings it uses, the others are relatively easy.

An article on all lowball poker hand rankings can be found here: Lowball hand rankings

Before you can learn how to play lowball, you must first decide which lowball poker game you wish to learn. Below you will find a description of each game as well as a link to an article on our website that will provide information about the rules and how to play it.

Razz Poker: Razz Poker is the most well-known lowball poker game. It is basically 7 Card Stud, but uses lowball hand rankings. The players are dealt seven cards and the best (lowest) five-card hand is the winner. Straights and flushes are not counted when playing Razz. Razz uses the Ace to Five Hand Ranking System, making A-2-3-44-5 the absolute nuts.

This link will provide more information on Razz poker rules and how you can play Razz Poker.

Badugi: Badugi, one of the most recent forms of lowball poker, was added to the Pokerstars game selection in 2008. Badugi is a three-card, four-card game that uses a unique hand ranking system. Although it's one of the most difficult low-ball poker games to learn, the quality of online Badugi games is such that even a small amount of experience and strategy advice can give you an advantage over most players.

This link will teach you how to play Badugi.

2-7 Single Draw: A 2-7 single draw can be played in a limitless format. To improve their hand, players are dealt five cards from the face and can draw once. It uses the deuce-to seven hand ranking system, which is simple enough to understand. Straights and flushes count against your hand and aces are always considered high cards. It is possible to play 2-7 online, and it is very popular with both tournament and cash game players.

This link will provide more information: How to play 2-7 Single-Draw

2-7 Triple Draw: 2-7 triple draw is the same as 2-7 single draw, but players can have three draws to improve their odds. Triple Draw is less popular than single draw, and is often played in the limit format. Online games are very popular, but the standard of play is poor. You can always find fish in online games if you have Single Draw and Triple Draw. How to Play Lowball Poker