First Betting Round
FIRST BETTING ROUND
AFTER THE DEAL Only player 5 has a really promising hand; 2, 3 and 4 have middling hands, and the hands of players 1 and 6 are very poor for Lowball.
SECOND BETTING ROUND
The first betting interval is over with 12 chips in the pot limit and players 3,4 and 5 still in, with player 5 a firm favorite.
Second betting interval
Player 5 is faced with a difficult choice. He now has a poor hand, King high. In practice, in Lowball, unmatched hands are usually announced by naming the highest two cards, so he would think of his hand as King, 7. However, both his opponents drew two cards and quite easily could have found a pair or picked up a high hands cards themselves (none higher than King, unfortunately for him). But from his point of view it is conceivable that each opponent could be something like Queen or 10 high, whereas from their point of view player 5 could have a very good hand, having drawn only one card. It is a perfect situation for a bluff.
Player 5 takes the pot of 17 chips, a profit to him of nine chips. King, 7 would not be a hand to win many deals of Lowball.
2ND BETTING INTERVAL Player 5, who bet first, actually holds a poor hand, but as he is the only player to draw one card, he decides to bluff with a maximum bet. Players 3 and 4 fold, so he wins. Ironically, he held the best hand anyway.
Variations on Lowball
Lowball is sometimes played with the hands ranked in the standard manner, with Aces high and flushes and straights recognized. Thus the lowest possible hand becomes 7,5,4,3,and 2. Although Aces are high, they must be counted low in this variation of Lowball if they are part of the sequence, a,2,3,4,5, which is regarded as a straight. A holder of this hand cannot call the Ace high low, and therefore have a hand of ace, 5 which would beat, for example, a pair.
VARIATION 2- LOWBALL WITH JACKPOTS
When Jackpots are played in Draw Poker about and a hand is passed out because nobody has the required value to open, one popular arrangement is not to gather up the cards and reshuffle for a new deal, but to play a hand of Lowball instead, the player to dealer ’s left being the first to speak.
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