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Jacks and Reverse

  1. Noun

    A game variation that is played for high unless there is no player who has a pair of Jacks or a hand better than a pair of Jacks in the first round of betting, in which case the game is changed from a high game to a specified version of lowball.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Any version of lowball may be applied in Jacks Back, though it is most commonly played using Ace-to-Five lowball or Deuce-to-Seven lowball rules rather than Ace-to-Six lowball rules.

    EXAMPLE: "We were playing Jacks and Reverse draw using Ace-to-Five lowball rules. I had four cards to a steel wheel, so my hand was looking very strong regardless of whether another player opened or if the game switched to lowball."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    SYNONYMS: Jacks and Back, Jacks Back

    RELATED TERMS: Ace-to-Five Lowball, Ace-to-Six Lowball, Deuce-to-Seven Lowball, Lowball, Openers, or Better - [Hand Value] or Better, Qualifier

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