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"S" Terms


  1. Adjective

    That includes the lowest possible kicker cards for a given hand; as opposed to rough or rag.

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Example: In Ace-to-Five lowball, a hand of seven could be made with any of several possible combinations, 7-6-5-4-2, 7-6-5-4-A, 7-6-5-3-2, 7-4-3-2-A, and several others. 7-4-3-2-A is the best seven because it uses the lowest possible cards, and would therefore be a smooth seven. 7-6-5-4-A would be a rag seven because it uses several of the higher cards that would still be referred to by the same rank.

    EXAMPLE: "I had a smooth ten and decided to draw one card. I ended up getting a Queen on the draw, so even though I had some really good low cards I didn't really have much of a hand."

    APPLIES TO: Online and Land-based Venues

    USAGE: Describes a lowball hand.

    SYNONYMS: Perfect

    ANTONYMS: Rag, Rough

    RELATED TERMS: Kansas City Lowball, Lowball

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