Kansas City Lowball
Kansas City Lowball is a lowball type of 5-Card Draw in which the person with the strongest low combination wins the prize pool. This game is referred to as 2-7 Single Draw. Unlike hands in other low games, in Kansas City Lowball straights and flushes count as high hands, and aces are high, so the best hand in this game is 2-3-4-5-7 ( with various colors), hence the name of the poker game. Thus, A-5-4-3-2 is not considered a straight.
Kansas City lowball is usually played with up to six persons.
Kansas City Lowball starts with first two players to the dealer’s left posting the blind bets.
When the blinds have been placed each person at the table is dealt 5 cards facing down and the first betting round follows.
The 1st player after the big blind has the choice to fold his hand, call the current bet, or raise the current bet. The option of checking isn’t allowed in the 1st series of betting. Action continues clockwise around the table until the round is over. This first betting round ends when the players have either called or folded for the last bet on the table. The players go to the draw.
At this point active gamblers have the right to discard as many cards from their combinations during the drawing round and replace those cards with new cards. Starting with the player closest on the dealer's left, the player declares how many cards he wishes to discard from his combination and receives new ones in return. The goal in exchanging cards is to improve player hand, by saving cards that have the potential to accomplish a good hand, and discarding cards that don’t.
After the draw, another betting round takes place with the 1st remaining gambler to the left of the dealer position, who may opt to bet, check (in the instance that no bets are placed) or fold.
The round of betting continues until all gamblers in the hand have either checked, folded, or called the current bet.
When all the betting ends, all the active players who have not folded go to showdown. Beginning with the 1st person to the dealer’s left who is still end the game, gamblers show their cards or muck and the person holding the best combination is awarded the pot. In the case that two or more persons have the same 5-card combination, the money is split between these players.