27 Triple Draw

27 Triple Draw is much more mainstream at brick and mortar casinos and poker rooms, especially in tournament form. However, there are a couple online poker rooms that offer it these days. 27 Triple Draw is is known by a few other aliases so before we get into the rules lets take a look at these to avoid any confusion later down the road.

Other Names For 27 Triple Draw

  • 2-7 Triple Draw
  • Deuce To Seven Triple Draw
  • 2-7 Triple Draw Lowball

Another common source for confusion is the single draw version. Online it is mostly referred to as 27 Single Draw but other names include Kansas City Lowball and 2-7 Lowball. In this article we will look at the rules of 27 Triple Draw. This game follows a structure that will be very familiar to most readers. Its safe to assume a majority of poker players at one time or another have played the most classic of poker games; five card draw. There are some major differences of course but your previous experience with draw poker, even ifs just from playing video poker, will help you grasp the concepts of 27 Triple Draw more quickly than if you were learning a totally foreign card game.

The Objective In 27 Triple Draw

The objective in 27 Triple Draw is quite the opposite than you are likely used to. Since it is a lowball game you are drawing to acquire the lowest hand. You might be thinking an Ace to five straight would be the best/lowest hand but in 27 Triple Draw, Aces are always counted as high. You may then determine that the best hand is a 2 to 6 straight but straights and flushes count. This is where the “2-7” comes into play. The lowest hand possible in 27 Triple Draw is 2-3-4-5-7. This is as low as it gets without holding an Ace or a straight.

Blinds & The Deal

A hand of 27 Triple Draw starts with the posting of the blinds, just like in Texas Holdem. After the small and big blind is posted each player will be dealt five cards. At this time players can bet.

The Draws

As the name suggests there are three draws in 27 Triple Draw. Drawing is not mandatory and there is no limit to the number of cards you can draw. If you decide not to draw any you are “Standing Pat”. I mention this because when you play online that is what the button will say and some people have never heard that particular phrase before. There will be a chance to bet after each of the three draws.

Other Important Facts

There are a couple other important things to consider before you jump on a 27 Triple Draw table. In cash game play at online poker rooms 27 Triple Draw is regularly played in the fixed limit version. It is also available in no limit format for ring tables but typically there will be many more active fixed limit tables than no limit. For tournament play the numbers are reversed as a majority of 27 Triple Draw tournaments are in the no limit format.

Running out of cards in 27 Triple Draw is a real possibility. The number of players is usually limited to six but since each person at the table can use up to 20 cards, running out of cards can and does happen. What most people do in this situation is to shuffle and use the discarded cards to complete the draw.