California lowball


Lowball belongs to the same type of games as closed poker. It is a fun and enjoyable performance strategy game which used a reverse strategy to win the pot.

Description of Closed Lowball

Closed lowball is also known as California Low Ball. This variant of draw poker has a surprising outcome because the value of hands has to be reversed. In other words, it is the weakest hand that has the most worth.

Rules of closed lowball

As a variation of draw poker, closed lowball is played with a starting hand of five cards and a closed starting hand. There is no community card to all players on the table, as is the case for the variant Hold'em poker.

To play closed lowball, you can have up to eight players.

As previously mentioned, the principle of this game is quite different: it is the combination of whoever has the five lowest cards that wins.

However, one variation of lowball is that the values of the hands differ. In Ace-to-five lowball, which is the most played version of closed lowball, the surprise element in this game is that the flushes are of no importance whatsoever.

In addition, the ace is the lowest card: do not be deceived! Thus, the best hand in closed lowball is the combination of Ace-2-3-4-5, commonly known as the "wheel". Then the next best winning hands are Ace-2-3-4-6 or Ace-2-3-5-6.

In closed lowball, players can exchange the number of cards if they want to improve their game, "pulling" the same number of new cards.

How to play closed lowball

Here the course is considered an Ace-to-five lowball part, the most popular version of lowball.

Distribution of the cards

In this variant of draw poker, each player draws a card: the one who has the highest will be the dealer. Each player must then bet an identical sum to everyone else playing the game. This is called an ante.

The dealer then hands out five cards per player, starting from the left in a clockwise direction.

First round of betting

The first betting round follows. It starts with the first neighbour to the left hand side of the dealer and continues in a clockwise direction. Each player has a choice between following, meaning to bet the same amount as the previous player's bid; to raise, so they have to make a bet higher than the previous player or finally fold.

Card draw

After the first betting round, the remaining players can choose to share their private game cards to improve their hand. In this case, we say that they dismiss cards. This indicates to other players that their starting hand is not good.

Don't forget: the lowest cards are the best!

It is not possible to exchange the five cards, only up to four cards, against the same number of new cards. However, only one player can exchange four of his cards, other players can only change up to three cards from their hand.

Second betting round

Once the hand is newly established following the card draw, it is time to make the second betting round: this is following same formula as the first. Players can either say call, raise or fold.

Slaughter or showdown

This is the time when every one of the players who are still in the game shows their hand to the other players. We remind you that the lowest hand wins the poker pot.
Sometimes two players show a hand of equal value. If this happens the pot is shared between them.

This variant of fun poker, often practiced between friends, is an effective and fun game to improve your game strategy.