The Four Best Possible Low Hands

With a board of 2-3-5-6-8, what is the best possible low hand? How about adding an A-4 to that board? If you do, you make a wheel, the best possible l ow hand in the game, 5 -4-3-2-A. What is the second-best possible low hand with that board? By using an A-2, A-3, A-5, or A-6 from your hand, you'' make a 6-5-3-2-A low. Remember that you must use two cards from your hand and three from the board. So add the A-2 from your hand to the 6-5-3 from the board; with the A-3 from your hand, add the 2-5-6 from the board; with the A-5 from your hand, use the 2-3-6 from the board; with the A-6 from your hand, use the 2-35 from the board. Note that in this case the A-2, A-3, A-5, and A-6 all combine with the board cards to make the same 6-5-3-2-A low. Make sure that you see this remarkable outcome clearly before you move on to the next paragraph.

What i s the third-best possible low hand with this board? The 6-5-4-3-2 low is possible ( a "straight six:"). You can make a straight sixx by using a 2-4, 3-4, 4-5, or 4-6 from your hand. What is the fourth-best possible l ow hand with this board? The 7-5-3-2-A low is possible, when you use an A-7 from your hand. To make the fifth-best l ow, a dd a 7-4 from your hand to make a 7-5-4-3-2 low.

Are you getting the hang of this s tuff about qualified lows yet? Let's try three more examples.

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