The Rules of Playing Lowball Poker
Lowball free online poker turns the game on its hand with the pot going to the player with the lowest hand. Every player is given five cards face down and a round of betting takes place. Players have to decide to bet or fold their hand immediately. After the first round of betting has taken place, the players can improve their hands by drawing – replacing hands in their cards. Remember, in Lowball Poker improving your hand actually means lowering the value of your hand because the lowest wins!
There may be one or multi-blinds in Lowball Poker with an additional ante. There are variations on which blinds are to be called. A player has the option to draw four consecutive cards. If he wants to draw a fifth new card then it is possible only after all the players have drawn their cards – whether four or not. If the last player in the round is looking for a fifth card, a card must be burned before he is given his fifth card.
A playing hand is made of five cards. You cannot receive a fifth card or more to make up your hand if the deal has passed on to another player but the dealer can take more cards if he has a fifth card missing. You can change the number of drawing cards if:
• You have not already been dealt a card that you don’t want to take now
• The deal has not passed on to the next player and no one else has bet or indicated the number of cards he wants to draw
It is okay to tell how many cards you drew if you are asked so by another active player. The dealer is also allowed to tell the number of cards drawn by any of the players. But once the deal has passed on and the bet has been placed by another player neither you nor the dealer are obligated to tell the number of cards drawn by you. You can pat the table to state that you don’t want to draw any cards. If you wrongly call your hand and it interferes with the call of another player or causes them to make a mistake, your hand is declared dead. A player, in Lowball Poker, must announce that he has a pair.
There is also the Ace-to-Five Lowball Poker. In this type of game, the straights and flushes are not taken into account against any hand and the best hand is the one with A,2,3,4,5. A joker, if used, is designated as the lowest card in the hand. Also, in case of limit games, check-raise is not allowed unless the players have already agreed to it or been told before the deals that it would be considered.
In case of Ace-to-Five Lowball Poker, if a card that is exposed before the draw is a seven or of less value, it must be accepted. But if a card is of higher value than a seven then, it must be replaced after the deal concludes. The first card that is wrongly exposed becomes the burncard.