Lowball (Ace-to-five), also known as California Lowball Poker, is played with a standard 52-card deck and one Joker. The Joker is considered to be the lowest card not present in a hand. Straights and flushes do not count against the player. All poker players place their ante in the pot.
Poker players are dealt five cards face down, in turn, in rotation. A round of poker betting occurs. Players are required to bet or fold. The poker players who remain in the pot have the option to improve their hand by replacing cards in their hands with new ones. A player may draw up to five consecutive cards. After all players have drawn players a round of betting occurs. The best possible low hand is A, 2, 3, 4, 5. The lowest five card poker hand wins the pot. In the event of a tie the pot is split equally among winning hands.