players have a shorthand wav of referring to when
one of the cards you use to form your low is counterfeited
on the board while still allowing you to form a low:
your other low card is said to be live.Suppose the
board is 7-6-K-4-A. If you have A-3-Q- Q, you are
playing a "live 3" for your low (7 -6-4-3-A).
You would beat an opponent with A-5-6-7, who only
has a live 5, giving him 7-6-5-4-A.
You would tie an opponent with 3-6-J-J, who is also
playing a live 3. He forms the hand using different
cards than you do (7-6-4-3-A), but it's still the
same low as yours.
You would lose to any opponent who can supply two
unique hole cards below your 7-high. For example,
you would lose tragically to someone with 5-3-K-K,
who could make a 6-5-4-3-A low.