What Is A Low Hand In Poker?
In poker, the term “low hand” refers to a hand with the lowest ranking compared to other hands in the game.
The concept of a low hand is particularly important in lowball poker variations, where the lowest poker hand actually wins the pot.
In hi-lo split pot games, a low hand needs to fulfill certain requirements to qualify. How the concept of the low hand is applied depends on the type of game being played.
Poker Low Hand Examples:
In Razz, Aces are low, and straights and flushes do not play a role. Thus the best possible hand in Razz is the best possible low hand A, 2, 3, 4, 5.
In 2-7 Triple Draw, Aces are always high, and the straights and flushes count, which means that the best possible hand in 2-7 Triple Draw is the worst possible low hand 2, 3, 4, 5, 7. Because of this, the format has 2-7 in its name.
In Omaha Hi/Lo the rules are the same as in Razz, which means that the best possible hand is A, 2, 3, 4, 5. The only difference here is that if, in addition to being a low hand, our hand is also straight and can count towards the high hand as well.