- You'll need: a button, small & big blinds (similar to Texas Hold'em).
- Deal each player 5 cards, face down.
- Use a no limit betting structure.
- Action starts to the left of the big blind. You may fold, call or raise.
- After the 1st betting round, draw 0-5 cards. Then betting resumes to the left of the button.
Determining a Winner
- Worst possible hand wins, so the best hand is the wheel (2-3-4-5-7 offsuit).
- Note: Straights and flushes DO count against you in this game, and aces play as high only.
- The player with the worst hand scoops the pot. In the event of a tie, the pot is split.
Like most poker games with a button, position is a big factor in 2-7 No Limit Single Draw. Position is more important in this game than in any other form of poker.
Knowing how many cards your opponent draws before you is key to formulating your strategy.
As a general rule, you should fold if you must draw more than 1 card.
Never draw 2 cards unless you get a free draw or you start with 3 cards 8 or lower and the bet is small relative to your opponent's stack size.
Adjust the number of cards you draw based on your opponent's play.
Betting takes place before and after the first draw. If you draw fewer cards than your opponent, you should generally bet.
There is no such thing as slow-playing a big hand since your opponent will see how many cards you draw.
Good Starting Hands
Play these hands in all positions (and for a raise):
- All pat hands of 9 or better.
- All 4-card hands 9 or better.
Poor Starting Hands
Never play these hands:
- Hands where you have to draw 3 cards or more.
- Hands with two paired wheel cards.
Marginal Starting Hands
Play these hands cheaply:
- All hands containing 3 cards of 9 or lower.
- All hands containing 2 wheel cards when you only have to complete from the small blind.
Play in late position when folded to you:
- On the button and hand contains 2 wheel cards and an 8 (occasionally a 9 depending on the blinds).
- In the small blind play any 3-card hands containing 2 wheel cards and an 8 or 9.
Do's and Don'ts for Better 2-7 No Limit Single Draw Play
Never Limp Early
Because position is so important, you should never limp into a pot in early position.
Try Getting Heads-up
Playing heads-up pots in position is important. Try to reduce the number of players to 2 by raising every time you enter a pot.
Bluffing (also called snowing) should be reserved for advanced players, and even then, rarely used.
2-7 No Limit Single Draw: Action from the 2004 WSOP
Players including Howard Lederer, and Chris Ferguson play the WSOP Kansas City Lowball event.
This Video Contains:
- Ferguson doubles up an amateur, "Jesus heals another cripple".
- Standard banter among the big names.
2-7 No Limit Single Draw: Barry Greenstein Wins First WSOP Bracelet
Barry Greenstein finishes off Chris "Jesus" Ferguson for his first ever WSOP bracelet.
This Video Contains:
- Barry Greenstein
- Chris Ferguson