Deuce to Seven (2-7) No-Limit Single Draw is a popular poker variant often played in high-stakes cash games and mixed-game formats. Here’s a guide on how to play:


The goal in Deuce to Seven is to make the lowest possible hand. The best possible hand is 7-5-4-3-2, not all of the same suit (unsuited).

Hand Rankings

  • Aces are always high. Therefore, A-2-3-4-5 is not a straight but rather an Ace-high hand.
  • Straights and flushes count against you, so the best possible hand contains no straights or flushes.
  • Pairs and higher cards are bad. The worst hand in the game is a high-card hand (e.g., K-Q-J-10-9).

Game Play

1. Blinds

  • Like in Texas Hold’em, Deuce to Seven starts with two players posting blinds.
  • The player to the left of the dealer posts the small blind, and the next player posts the big blind.

2. Dealing

  • Each player is dealt five cards face down.

3. First Betting Round

  • Betting starts with the player to the left of the big blind.
  • Players can fold, call, or raise.

4. Drawing

  • After the first betting round, remaining players have the option to discard any number of cards from their hand and draw new ones from the deck.
  • Players can also choose to “stand pat” and keep their current hand without drawing new cards.

5. Second Betting Round

  • A second betting round takes place after the draw.
  • This is a no-limit game, so players can bet any amount of their remaining chips.

6. Showdown

  • If more than one player remains after the second betting round, a showdown occurs.
  • Players reveal their hands, and the player with the lowest-ranked hand wins the pot.

Strategy Tips

  • Starting Hands: Good starting hands include low cards without pairs, straights, or flushes. Hands like 7-6-5-4-2 or 8-7-6-5-2 are strong.
  • Drawing Strategy: Decide how many cards to draw based on your starting hand. If you have a good low hand, consider standing pat. If you need to improve, draw one or more cards.
  • Betting: Since it’s a no-limit game, aggressive betting can be used to bluff opponents. Pay attention to the betting patterns of other players to gauge the strength of their hands.

Example Hand

  1. Blinds Posted: Player A posts the small blind, and Player B posts the big blind.
  2. Deal: Each player is dealt five cards.
  3. First Betting Round: Betting starts with the player to the left of the big blind.
  4. Drawing: Players discard unwanted cards and draw new ones. Player A discards two cards and draws two new ones. Player B stands pat.
  5. Second Betting Round: After the draw, another round of betting occurs.
  6. Showdown: If there are still multiple players, they reveal their hands. The player with the best low hand wins.

Remember, practice and experience are key to mastering Deuce to Seven No-Limit Single Draw. Good luck at the tables!