Learn the rules of the Kansas City Lowball and have fun playing this “unusual” poker game!
Kansas City Lowball is one of the most popular variations and play the “Draw Poker”, where the worst hand wins the pot. The rules dating from the early twentieth century, developed in the U.S. (most likely not in Kansas City).
The boom in popularity came with a decision of the Minister of Justice in California (Harold Sigel Webb), enabling the Draw Poker and all its variants (the category was called closed poker and of course also included Lowball) as games of skill, as opposed to gambling (all other variants, including, for example, Stud Poker), subject to administrative and criminal sanctions.
Kansas City Lowball is still considered one of the most variants that enhance the quality of the contenders, with a very modest role played by luck. Let me confirm this reputation with an anecdote: when Jack Binion, founder of the World Series of Poker, he had to choose the option to elect to play the World Champion, the candidates were Texas Hold’em and its Kansas City Lowball.
The conduct of the game is in all respects similar to the Draw. You receive five cards face down, it takes a first round of betting, it proceeds to the step of the difference (from 0 up to a maximum of 5 cards) and one final round of betting.
The special feature of the game is to score. The lowest hand wins. Aces are considered high card. The best point is then possible
hence the nickname “Deuce to Seven Lowball” in this variant.
When two combinations are tied on the highest card will discuss the second highest card, and so on (the kicker). The winner of this clash between two low Jack is the player B, by virtue of his better kicker (the 3 of hearts, came into play after the comparison of data between 9 and 6).