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Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

Deuce to 7 Triple Draw is popular game amongst the high stakes players in California and Las Vegas, making it's way into the biggest mixed games in the world. It can also be found online, and in home games across the country. Every player is dealt five cards, and the object is to make the lowest possible 5 card hand. There are four rounds of betting and thee draws in this game. After the first three rounds of betting, going clockwise from the dealer, each player has a choice to discard cards, from zero cards to all five. After each person has discarded their cards, the next round of betting begins. Deuce to Seven is played fixed limit, so that each bet is predetermined, and the final two betting rounds the bets and raises are double the first two betting rounds.

Hand Values

As stated, the goal of Deuce to Seven Triple Draw is to make the lowest 5 card. Unlike other low games, aces are always high, and deuces are the lowest card. Also, straights and flushes count against you in deuce to 7. Therefore, 23456 is NOT the lowest possible hand, but in fact is a straight and a very poor hand in the game. The best possible hand in the game is 23457, with no flush. This hand is often called the wheel. The ranks of the next hands are 23467, 23567, 24567, 23458 and so on. The worst unpaired hand is AKQJ9. The next worse hand is 22345. Two Pair is worse than a pair, trips is worse than two pair, a straight is worse than trips, a flush is worse than a straight, a full house is worse than a flush, quads are worse than a full house, and a straight flush is worse than quads. So, in essence, hand values are the opposite what they are in a regular high game.

Game Structure

Triple Draw is dealt as a 6 player max game. The game uses a button and blinds, just like Hold'em. The player to the immediate left of the button is the small blind, the big blind is to the small blinds immediate left. The small blind puts out half the low bet limit size, and the big blind puts out one love limit bet. The first round of betting starts with the person to the big blind's left, also known as the Under the Gun player, or the UTG. His options are to call the big blind, to raise the big blind, or to fold. So for example, if you are playing 10-20 Triple Draw, the small blind is 5, the big blind is 10, and the UTG can fold, can call the $10, or raise to $20. Each player in turn has the option of calling, raising or folding. The betting is usually capped at one bet, and three raises.

After the betting has ended in the first round, every player remaining in the hand is given the chance to draw. Players look through their hand, and decide which cards they don't like, pull them out of their hand, and discard them. The first person to discard is always the person closest to the dealer's left. After that person has discarded, and the action goes to the next person. A player may discard zero cards (called "standing pat") all the way up to five cards. The action continues clock wise until all players have discarded. Then, after all players have discarded, the dealer replaces their cards, in the same order. For example, if the first player discards 4 cards, the second player discards 3 cards, and the final player discards 1 card. The dealer will take all these cards, and place them in the muck, then deal 4 cards to the first player, 4 to the second, and 1 to the third.

After the drawing round is complete, the second round of betting begins. The first player to the dealer's left may check (pass the action to the next clockwise player), or bet. If he bets, the next player can call, raise or fold. If he checks, the next player may check or bet. And so on until it's checked around, or the betting stops. Then another drawing round. After the second draw is complete, the betting then doubles. So if you are playing 10-20, all bets and raises in this round and the final round must be in increments of 20. Betting continues as before, and when betting ends, the third and final round of drawing begins. After the draw round ends, the betting continues the same as the previous round. Once all the betting ends, the final bettor or raiser may either show his hand, or throw his hand away. The play then continues clockwise around the table, with each player having the option to show or muck. The player with the lowest hand is awarded the pot.

When Cards Run Out

Occasionally, there are not enough cards in the deck to complete a draw round. This occurs when many players stay in the pot to later, drawing many cards. When this occurs, all the cards that have been mucked must be collected, then reshuffled and the deck cut, then the draws may resume. The cards that are reshuffled are all discarded hands, and all cards that were discarded on previous drawing rounds by players whom have received all of their replacement cards. So for example, if a player was discarding 2 cards, and the dealer only had one card left, the two cards the player is discarding would NOT be included in the reshuffle.

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