Note

You can play low-only games online if you like. Razz is seven-card Stud played for low, and triple-draw Lowball is five-card Draw played for low. There are two variations of Lowball: A-5 Lowball (also called California Lowball) and 2-7 (Deuce to Seven or Kansas City Lowball). In California Lowball, straights and flushes don't count against you and the Ace is considered a low card, so the best hand is A2345. In 2-7 Lowball, the Ace is considered a high card and straights and flushes count against you, so the best hand is 23457 of mixed suits. These games aren't that popular, and neither of us has played them, so we won't cover them in this book.

To practice creating the lowest possible hand, consider the seven-card Stud hands in Figures 4.13, 4.14, and 4.15 to determine if a low is possible, and, if so, what the best low hand is that you can make.

You can make a low hand from the cards in Figure 4.13. The lowest hand you can make is 7*5*4^2*A*.

You cannot make a low hand from the cards in Figure 4.14. The lowest hand you can make is 9V844*3^A4, which doesn't qualify.

You can make a low hand from the cards in Figure 4.15. The lowest hand you can make is 8*5* 44342*.

Figure 4.13 Is it possible to make a low hand from these cards? If so, what is the best possible low hand you can make?

Figure 4.13 Is it possible to make a low hand from these cards? If so, what is the best possible low hand you can make?

Figure 4.14 Is it possible to make a low hand from these cards? If so, what is the best possible low hand you can make?

Figure 4.14 Is it possible to make a low hand from these cards? If so, what is the best possible low hand you can make?

Figure 4.15 Is it possible to make a low hand from these cards? If so, what is the best possible low hand you can make?

Figure 4.15 Is it possible to make a low hand from these cards? If so, what is the best possible low hand you can make?

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