Although it isn’t the most talked about game in the casino or poker world, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker has emerged as quite a force to reckon with in its online avatar, post the advent of online poker games, especially the online casinos like Bet365. Deuce to Seven can basically be played in two different formats – Deuce to Seven Single Draw poker and Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker. Both these variants have the same structure, the only difference being in the number of rounds of draws in each game. We’ll focus on Deuce to Seven Triple Draw in this write-up and tell you all that you should know about it.
The objective of the game
The objective of the players in Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker is to win the amount collected in the community pot in a couple of different ways: winning the hand by forcing every other player at the table to fold his/her cards, or by pushing the game till the end and then winning in the showdown round. You can make a good amount of money playing this game if you can manage to bloat up the pot to the maximum whenever you get good hands, and avoid putting in any money into the pot whenever you get poor hands.
The structure of Deuce to Seven Triple Draw
This game of poker is normally played at an offline or online casino poker table (for instance at Bet365) with maximum six players playing at a time, with every player getting five cards each. It’s recommended to not have over six players there’s a chance of running out of cards!
The game can be played either in the no limit or fixed limit betting structure format. The Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker tables can be differentiated based on the stakes applicable to them. For instance, if you see a £ 1 / £ 2 no limit table, it implies that you are supposed to place a £ 1 small blind and £ 2 big blind.
Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker rules
Shuffling and dealing of cards
The game begins by placement of two forced bets referred to as the small blind and big blind. These blinds are placed to ensure that there is a certain minimum amount of community pot money in every hand of the game. The small blind is put by the player sitting to the immediate left of the dealer, while the big blind is placed by the player sitting to the left of the small blind, or two seats away to the left of the dealer. The dealer’s position keeps rotating, one player at a time towards the left, in clockwise direction. Therefore, the blinds also keep rotating accordingly.
When talking about its fixed limit and no limit variants, there is one major difference that exists between both of them. And it is in the size of these blinds. If you’re playing this game at £ 1 / £ 2 no limit poker table, the small blind would normally be £ 1 and the big blind would be £ 2. On the other hand, if you were playing the same game at a fixed limit table, with the same kind of stakes, the small blind would be £ 0.5 and the big blind would be £ 1. Although it isn’t a major deal, but it’s nevertheless a difference that exists between these two betting structure variants of the game.
The assigned dealer deals every player at the table his/her 5 hole cards or facedown cards. The dealing of the cards happens from the small blind, moving in clockwise direction from there on around the table. All players indulge in the first betting round after the receipt of their hole cards.
The first betting round
Once every player has received his/her face down/hole cards, it marks the starting of the first betting round of the game. The first player to begin action is the player sitting to the immediate left of the big blind.
Following are the three different decisions that can be taken by this player: folding his/her cards, calling the big blind bet amount or raising the big blind bet amount. If you’re playing a no limit Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker, and are the first player to start the betting action, and wish to raise the bet, the raise will need to be at least two times the amount of the big blind. The remaining players on the table will act based on the decision taken by the first player. These players may fold their cards, call the highest bet or raise the bet. The play proceeds in clockwise direction around the table and the round comes to an end after every player has either called the highest bet or has folded his/her cards.
The first betting round often leads to a unique situation wherein no one at the table raises the bet amount. With the big blind already having his/her money in the pot, he/she gets the option to check and then receive the first draw of the cards without putting in any more chips/money in the pot.
The draw of cards
Once the first betting round reaches its conclusion, all active players still in the game get the opportunity to make the first draw. This draw begins from the first player sitting to the dealer’s left. This player may choose to stand pat (take no draw) or draw 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 card/s from the deck. The draw of cards happens in clockwise direction around the table and is followed by another betting round, after every player at the table has stood pat or has drawn his/her card/s.
The second betting round
Unlike the first betting round, the action in the second betting round starts from the first active player to the dealer’s left. This player may either bet, check or fold his/her cards. The action continues in clockwise direction from there on, with every subsequent player either folding his/her cards, raising (if someone has placed a bet), calling (if someone has placed a bet) or checking (if no one has placed a bet as yet).
The betting round comes to an end after every active player at the table has either folded his/her hand or has matched the highest bet amount.
The second draw of cards
The end of the second betting round marks the beginning of the second draw of the game. The second draw of cards happens exactly the same way as the first draw, starting from the first active player sitting to the dealer’s left, with every subsequent active player getting the option of either standing pat or drawing 5, 4, 3, 2 or 1 card/s from the deck. It is followed by the third betting round, after every active player has received a chance to draw.
The third betting round
This betting round happens in the same manner as the last betting round, with the action starting from the first active player to the dealer’s left, moving in clockwise direction from there on. Every player still in the game, gets the option of folding his/her cards, calling, raising, betting or checking. As is pretty obvious, you can’t raise if no one before you has placed a bet and can’t check if any of the player before you has placed a bet. The game proceeds to the third and final draw after every active player at the table has either folded his/her cards or matched the highest bet amount.
The third draw of cards
The third draw of cards happens the same way as the previous draws, beginning with the first active player to the dealer’s left, and every player still in the game getting a chance to stand pat or draw anywhere from 1 to 5 cards from the deck. The game proceeds into the fourth and final betting round after every active player has gotten a chance to make a draw.
The fourth and final betting round
This betting round begins from the first active player sitting to the dealer’s left, continuing in clockwise direction around the table. Every player may either fold his/her cards, raise, call, bet or check. The betting round comes to a conclusion after everyone has either folded his/her cards or matched the highest bet, leading to the showdown stage of the game.
The showdown stage
The showdown stage in Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker is quite different compared to the showdowns of other regular poker games like Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha poker etc. played in offline or online casino environments, such as Bet365 etc.
The hand rankings are based on the low hand system and not the regular poker. Essentially, you try to make the worst possible or the poorest five card poker hand! So, you can easily count yourself out if you get a flush, a straight or any other good poker hand!
Following is a table with the best Deuce to Seven Triple Draw poker hands:
Hand ranking / Hand / Example
No. 1 / 7 Low / 7 6 4 3 2 of different suits
No. 2 / 8 Low / 8 6 4 3 2 of different suits
No. 3 / 9 Low / 9 7 5 3 2 of different suits
No. 4 / 10 Low / 10 8 6 3 2 of different suits
No. 5 / J Low / J 9 8 5 3 2 of different suits
No. 6 / Q Low / Q 10 8 5 2 of different suits
No. 7 / K Low / K J 7 5 3 of different suits
No. 8 / Ace Low / A 10 9 7 5 2 of different suits
No. 9 / Pair / K K 4 3 2
No. 10 / Two Pairs / 9 9 6 6 3
No. 11 / Three of a Kind / 9 9 9 7 4
No. 12 / Straight / 10 9 8 7 6 5 of different suits
No.13 / Flush / J 7 5 4 3 of the same suit
No. 14 / Full house / 9 9 9 4 4
No. 15 / Four of a kind / 9 9 9 9 J
No. 16 / Straight flush / 7 8 9 10 J of the same suit
Any time you get a tie between two players, it’s the player having the lower cards in that particular hand rank who wins. To give you an example, if two players end up with Q lows such as
- One Q 10 7 5 4
- and the other Q J 6 3 2,
You see the next highest card after the Queen and make a decision based on that. So, in this case it’s the first player whose next highest card after Queen is a 10 who’ll be the winner of the hand. In the same way, if two players get straights or pairs, it’s the lower hand among the two that’ll win the game.