A-5 Triple Draw is an exciting variation of lowball poker, identical in structure to 2-7 Triple Draw and differing only in its hand rankings. As the name suggests, A-5 Triple Draw’s best hand is A-2-3-4-5 since straights and flushes are ignored and Aces are low.
The game is typically played with only 6 players at a table because each player has the option of discarding all five of their cards on each of the three drawings rounds. It’s unlikely, but very possible, and so the number of players is shorted since there aren’t that many cards in the deck. I have been playing Triple Draw for many years at this website and this has only happened a few times.
There are two options in the event the deck doesn’t hold enough cards to replace all the discards at the end of a particular drawing round:
The discards from previous rounds are reshuffled back into the deck.
A single community card is dealt face up in the middle of the table for all players to use.
The preferred solution is #2, the face-up community card; reshuffling the deck generally does not go over well in the gaming community no matter what game it is. Either option is acceptable by the rules, however, and it’s up to the house (or site, as it were) to decide which to use. If you know the 27 Triple Draw Lowball rules you can skip down to the bottom of this article.
The Game Begins
Each hand begins with the players in the first and second positions, relative to the dealer’s left, placing their blinds. The first position place places the “small blind” equal to half the table minimum; the second position player places the “big blind” equal to the full table minimum.
Once the blinds are placed, the cards are dealt one at a time to each player, beginning with the first position and progressing clockwise until each player holds five cards. Since the first two positions have already placed their forced bets (the blinds) the next to act after the deal is the third position player, or UTG (for “under the gun”). This player has the option of calling the big blind, raising it or folding. Play then progresses to each player in turn who call, raise or fold until all players are either in the pot or folded.