Deuce to Seven Triple Draw is a five card lowball game, which can be played with a minimum of two and a maximum of six players. If the game has more players, there will be a number of big draws which can easily reduce the number of cards in the deck. The only times when Deuce to Seven Triple Draw games have more than six players is in a mixed rotation at tournaments. However, in this case, the additional players are required to sit out a Deuce to Seven Triple Draw hand. They are the ones seated next to the big blind (on his left).
In this game, players compete to make the lowest hand. So, unlike in other poker games, your aim is not to make a flush or straight, or to land an ace (as it is always played as the highest card). Instead, you should try to get the best Deuce to Seven Triple Draw hand – 2-3-4-5-7. If this hand combination has a 6, it will not be a low hand, as the combination (2-3-4-5-6) makes for a flush. Other low poker hands which have a good chance of winning are 7-6-4-3-2, 8-6-4-3-2 and 9-7-6-4-3. 10-6-5-4-2, while 10-6-5-4-3 and 10-7-5-4-3 are hands that have a reasonably good chance of winning.
First betting and draw rounds
Each player gets five hole cards when the game starts. Once the cards are placed before players, the first wagering round starts with the player seated near the big blind (to his left). He can fold, bet the big blind or make a raise. Players who act after him will also get the same options. A typical pre-flop betting round will see at least 3 to 4 raises, prior to which the betting will be capped. Some heads-up games allow players to make as many raises as they want.
After the first betting round takes place, players in the hand can decide between standing pat (retaining all the cards dealt to them) or discarding the cards and taking new ones. A minimum of one and a maximum of five cards can be discarded and replaced this way. Once the replacement cards are dealt, players enter another betting round. When discarding your cards, remember that you should replace them such that your hand has five cards at all points in the game. The first player still in the game will start the action. The betting round will take place the same way as the first.
Second and third betting and draw rounds
The second draw follows the betting round. After this, players move to the second betting round, with the limits increasing by two times. For the rest of the hand, players have to bet according to the new limit. Once the round is played, the third draw round starts. It ends with the final betting round.
Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Showdown
The hands of the players remaining in the game are compared. The player who has the lowest hand takes home the pot. In case two players have pairs, the player holding the smallest will take the pot. If more than one player has the same 5 card low hand, the pot is split between them.
Formats for Deuce to Seven Triple Draw
The limit format is the most preferred for Deuce to Seven Triple Draw. All the bets and raises have a specific limit, before and after the first draw. In the second and third draw rounds, the limits increase. At times, the spread limit format is adopted, where players can wager an amount that lies within a range chosen by the poker room. In these games, the amount bet by the big blind is equal to the lower limit and that by the small blind is half the lower limit.