London Lowball is a variation of poker which is very similar to Razz. No one is sure which game came first but over the years Razz has become far more popular. As you might have guessed London Lowball orgionated in London, England. It is a lowball poker game in which players are dealt a total of seven cards each. The best five card hand is the winner and the nut hand is an off suit A-2-3-4-6.
At the moment you cannot actually play London Lowball online but you can play Razz online. The two games are very similar and if you are good at one then you will be naturally good at the other. In fact the games are so similar that you should have no problems at all transferring between them
Differences Between London Lowball and Razz
The mechanics of Razz and London Lowball are the same so if you want to learn to play London Lowball then you should read our how to play Razz article. Before you read that though make sure you make a note of these differences between London Lowball and Razz.
When playing Razz straights and flushes don’t count for anything. In London Lowball straight and flushes do count. This means that instead of the best hand being A-2-3-4-5 as it is in Razz it is actually A-2-3-4-6 off suit.
London Lowball is played as a pot limit game where as Razz is played as a limit poker game. The bring in and antes work in the same way in both games but when it comes to the amount you can bet then London Lowball limits it by the size of the pot. As a result London Lowball can be more volatile as all the money can get into the pot early on in any hand.
The great thing about the two games is that if you can play one then you can play the other. Unfortunately there isn’t anywhere you can play London Lowball online and in my experience it’s not a game on offer in casinos on a regular basis. The only really leaves London Lowball players one real option and that is to use their knowledge of the game and transfer it to the Razz tables!
If you want to read a little bit more about London Lowball then check out this short article written by Victoria Coren for the Guardian news paper.