You can’t always win. That’s probably what was thinking the man who invented the lowball poker, a particular form of poker. Why particular, you ask ? Well, because in the Lowball Poker the poor hands are rewarded. There are some different examples of lowball poker (London Lowball, Triple Draw, California Lowball, etc..). One of the most well-known is the Kansas City Lowball.

The best hands in lowball poker are the one normally used as the most poor in poker. Of couse there are some variations in this. The most used hand rankings in lowball poker are Ace-to-Five (A-5) and Deuce-to-Seven (2-7). The others are Ace-to-six (lowest hand 6-4-3-2-A, aces are low but straights and flushes high hands) and Deuce-to-six (the most unused hand ranking; aces are high, straights and flushes ignored). The Kansas City Lowball, uses the 2-7.

In the Deuce-to-seven the most poor hand is 7-5-4-3-2. The aces are considered as high cards (and so the classic-poker’s straight A-2-3-4-5 is not a straight, but just high card) and straights and flushes are high hands. The rules aren’t that hard.

At the beginning of each game, all player will receive five covered cards and then there’s the first round of betting. After this, players can choose to throw away from zero to five of the cards they own. Finally, there’s the last round of betting.

If two players are tie on their high card, the second high card of their deck will be taken into consideration (then the third, and so on).