Full Tilt Poker offer several games where the goal is to make the best possible low hand. These games include high-low split games such as Stud Hi/Lo, where the aim is to make both a high and low hand, and games such as Razz, where the aim is make a low hand only.

Read below to learn about hand rankings in games played for the low.

Stud Hi/Lo and Omaha Hi/Lo

Stud Hi/Lo and Omaha Hi/Lo are split pot games that include a qualifier for the low. To be eligible to win the low half of the pot, a hand must have five distinct cards, none higher than an 8 (the qualifier).

In high-low split games, flushes and straights do not count against your hand, but pairs do. The best low hand you can make is:

5-4-3-2-A

The worst qualifying low hand is:

8-7-6-5-4

Low hands are always counted from the highest card to the lowest card, so it's often the highest card in your hand that determines the winner. For example:

7-6-5-4-3

Is a better hand than:

8-6-5-4-2

If the high cards are of equal value, the next highest card (or cards) comes into play. For example:

8-6-5-4-3

Is a better hand than:

8-7-5-4-3

Razz

Razz is a game where almost anything goes, and the goal is to make the "worst" possible five-card hand. Flushes and straights are ignored, and while pairs hurt your hand, they don't discount it. The Ace is always considered a low card.

The best possible Razz hand is 5-4-3-2-A (regardless of suit), but it's possible to win the pot with hands that include pairs. For example, if your best possible five-card low is 4-4-3-2-A, that hand would beat 5-5-3-2-A.

2-7 Triple Draw and 2-7 Single Draw

In each of these "lowball" games, flushes, straights and pairs count against your hand, and the Ace is always considered a high card.

The best possible hand in either game is:

7-5-4-3-2 unsuited

As with other "lowball" games, low hands are always counted from the highest card to the lowest card. For example:

9-7-6-4-3 unsuited

Is a better hand than:

T-7-6-4-2 unsuited

If the high cards are of equal value, the next highest card comes into play. For example:

8-6-5-4-3 unsuited

Is a better hand than:

8-7-5-4-3 unsuited

If there is a tie in value between the two highest cards, the third highest card will determine the winner, and so on.

A-5 Triple Draw

A-5 Triple Draw is similar to other "lowball" draw games, with a few key differences. While pairs still count against your hand, straights and flushes are ignored, and the Ace is always considered a low card.

This means that the best possible hand in A-5 Triple Draw is:

5-4-3-2-A unsuited

As with other "lowball" games, hands are counted from the highest card to the lowest, and if there is tie, the next highest card (or cards) determines the winner.

Badugi

A unique draw poker game, Badugi features a hand-ranking system not found in any other form of poker and is played with only four pocket cards.

The goal of the game is to make the best low hand using cards of different rank and suit. Flushes and pairs count against your hand, while straights are ignored, and the Ace is always considered a low card.

There are four different types of Badugi hands you can make (ranked in order of strength):

  1. A "Badugi": any hand that contains four different cards of all different suits.
  2. A "3-Card": any hand that contains at least three different cards of different suits.
  3. A "2-Card": any hand that contains at least two different cards of different suits.
  4. A "1-Card": any hand that contains only one card of individual rank or suit.

Here are a few example Badugi hands:

"Badugi" Hands

4d-3h-2c-As

4-3-2-A: the best "Badugi".

Kd-Qh-Jc-Ts

K-Q-J-T: the worst "Badugi".

"3-Card" Hands

3d-3h-2c-As

3-2-A-X: one 3 is not counted.

Kd-Qd-Jh-Tc

Q-J-T-X: the King is not counted.

"2-Card" Hands

3d-3h-2d-Ac

2-A-X-X: both 3s are not counted.

Kd-Qh-Qc-Qs

K-Q-X-X: two Queens are not counted.

"1-Card" Hands

8d-7d-6d-Ad

A-X-X-X: the highest cards are not counted.

Kd-Kh-Kc-Ks

K-X-X-X: three Kings are not counted.