Deuce to Seven or Deuce to Seven Triple Draw is a draw poker with 5 cards played low, that is to say, the goal is to achieve the lowest possible combination. There are two betting rounds and a draw (Deuce to Seven Single Draw), or four rounds of betting and three draws (Deuce to Seven Triple Draw).
After each round of betting, players decide to change from 0 to 5 cards. In Triple Draw, after the third and final draw, there is a final round of betting. A button determines the order of auction and card’s changes. Deuce to Seven is played in Limit or No Limit, while Deuce to Seven Triple Draw is played mostly in Limit due to 4 betting rounds. However, it can be played in No Limit or Pot Limit.
The game of Deuce to Seven Triple Draw
Deuce to Seven Triple Draw is played with maximum 6 players, due to the large number of cards that can be distributed. Like hold’em, it uses a button to signal the dealer. The player to the left of the button posts a small blind and the player who is in his position left posts the big blind (double the Small Blind). Each player receives five cards, then start the first round of betting. It is the player to the left of the big blind who starts. Each player in turn will decide to fold, call or raise.
After the first betting round, the players who have did not fold change their cards. Players can change between 0 and 5 cards, each in turn, starting with the one that is closest to the button.
When each player has put down the cards he wants to replace the dealer gives the same number of new cards to each player one by one.
When the deal is complete, begin a second round of betting. Then players can make a new round of card exchange, following the same procedure. Then the players undertake a third round of betting, followed by a third round of card exchange, and finally a fourth round auction that closes the game.
What happens if there is no enough cards for everyone?
Sometimes there are enough cards to complete a round of deal. When this is the case, the discarded cards are shuffled and the draw is completed from this new package. This new package excludes the cards discarded during the turn of current deal.
For example, player 1 asks 3 cards, player 2 asks 2 cards and player 3 asks a card. The dealer deals three cards to the player 1 and one card to the player 2. He can not do more because it has no more cards in hand. So he collects discarded cards in front of him, mixing and completing the tour, giving a card to player 2 and a card to the player 3. But it does not include in this new package the player 2’s or 3’s cards, so they have no chance of receiving a card they have thrown this round.
The game is also played frequently with a single draw; thus, the selection of hands is much narrower.
Order of combinations
In Deuce to Seven Triple Draw players try to make the combination of the lowest possible 5 cards. Aces play only for the high and straights and flushes count. In other words, the best hand is 7-5-4-3-2 (hence the name “Deuce to Seven“). The hand 6-5-4-3-2 is a straight, so too strong hand for the chance to win a low hand. It is even worse that the hand A-K-Q-J-9.
The queen-hand 7-5-4-3-2 is called “the wheel.” The next hand is 7-6-4-3-2, and the third is 7-6-5-3-2.
Because Aces play up, the 5-4-3-2-A hand is not a straight but an Ace (the best possible hand with an Ace). But is beaten by K-5-4-3-2, which is a King (King the best possible). Hand comprised of A-K-Q-J-9 is the worst hand without pair. Conversely, the 5-4-3-2-2 hand is the best hand containing a pair. The three of a kind is beaten by pairs. Straights are beaten by three of a kind. The flushes are beaten by straights. And fulls and fought are beaten by the flushes. In this poker, the worst hand you can have is the royal flush! The combinations are reversed compared to the usual hierarchy.
In the variant that is the Ace-5 triple draw, the best possible hand is A, 2,3,4,5, (wheel), straights and flushes do not count here.
To know the value of your hand, read your cards as a number: so, for 10-5-4-3-2 consider that your hand is worth 105 432, and thus you are beaten by 9-8-7-5-4!
Deuce to Seven uses the same auction structure as the hold’em. During the four rounds of betting the limit is fixed, but double from the third round. For example, in the game at $10/$20, the first two betting rounds are incremented 10 by 10 and the following two increment 20 by 20, according to the openings, raises and re-raises.