Strategies for Canadian Lowball Poker

Canadian lowball poker is one of the most popular poker games in Europe, and its sweeping online poker rooms, picking up new fans as it goes. Canadian lowball is very, very similar to Razz poker, although unlike in Razz, straights and flushes do not count against Canadian casino players and lowball is a pot limit game. Canadian lowball is also a game that is known as a game of patience, which makes developing a strategy for well implemented steals of the ante very important. My online rummy strategy has tought me how to remember dead cards and such so this game came pretty natural to me.

There are various strategies that many successful (even professional) lowball enthusiasts swear by. Learning which strategy works well for you is simply easier when you have ample amount of time participating in Canadian lowball games and practicing your moves. Many new and upcoming lowball lovers as well as well-seasoned professionals with huge bank rolls take advantage of the various online poker rooms that offer free play. Players simply register, create a free account, and start playing in any of the free rooms that are available. Practice is the best way to form the skills that you need to succeed in Canada lowball without investing any of your bankroll or sacrificing your valuable chips.

There’s few secrets between opponents in Canada lowball because you have the biggest part of your hand on your “porch” (facing up cards). Because of this, lowball is a bluffer’s worst nightmare. Only two of your cards will be dealt down, so everyone will be able to read everyone else’s cards to a big extent. While this works against you personally, it can work for you because you can see what has been dealt and what is remaining in the deck for the most part (other than the hole or pocket cards). By closely observing the cards that are visible, you can get a really good picture of whether the card or cards you are hoping for on the river are in play or if they are still waiting in the deck.

In Canada lowball, you want to see as many dead cards as possible. Because pairs count against you, if you see that you hold a deuce, but there are also two other deuces on player’s porches, you can pretty much count on not getting another deuce. Again, this goes back to the skill of observation – one skill you must learn in Canada lowball (or any poker game for that matter).