Mixed Game Poker Strategy: Lowrolling with Deuce-to-Seven
Posted at 13:09 2011-04-06
A game that has begun to see a resurgence due to online poker is deuce-to-seven lowball. 2-7 is a draw poker variant where the object is to make the lowest possible hand. Aces are always high and unlike Razz, straights and flushes count against you. The best possible hand in 2-7 is 2-3-4-5-7, which is also known as a number one. 2-7 lowball is typically played with a triple draw format and with a limit betting structure.
One Card Draws are Ideal
While you will prefer to be dealt pat hands, that is not going to always happen. As such, you will want to strive for hands that only require one card to complete your hand. As with any other draw game, the more cards you need to make your hand, the longer your odds. Drawing one card can also allow you the opportunity to be aggressive in your betting. If you draw one card and then come out betting, it is very hard for someone that still needs two cards or more to complete their hand to make the call.
If You Must Draw - Draw Smartly
Obviously you will not get one card draws often, so you need to be smart in which hands that you choose to draw. One rule of thumb is to make sure that if you must draw to two cards or more, try and have both the seven and the deuce in your hand. A seven, deuce, and another non pairing wheel card is the best two card draw to start with and you want to draw as close to a seven as you can.
Loosen Up in Position
The advantage to playing lowball in position is that you will see everyone act before you. In draw poker, this means you get to see how many cards they are drawing before you get to draw. This can open up some opportunities to both play mediocre hands and to steal some pots with well timed bluffs.
Play Made Hands Aggressively
There are times where you're going to make hands in lowball that can be good enough to win outright, but are very vulnerable. Nine and ten lows are both key example of workable hands that need protection. The only way to do this is bet. If you're against players drawing two cards or better, make them pay to outdraw you. This clearly works better when you are in position against the players.
Both PokerStars and Full Tilt regularly spread lowball in most limits. The addition of the game to these sites has allowed new players to try out this old classic. Many like it due to the increased action over standard draw poker. If you decide to give 2-7 a try, keep the above tips in mind and hopefully you can lowroll your way to a win.
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Mixed Game Poker Strategy: Lowrolling in Deuce-to-Seven Lowball
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