5 Card draw is available in limit, pot-limit and no-limit format with tables that can accommodate up to 5 players. It is a draw poker game; this means that players have one opportunity to exchange 0-5 cards. The act of exchanging cards is called the “draw”. In 5 Card Draw, you do not see any of your opponents cards. The only information you have about their hands is how they bet and how many cards they draw
It is common in home games although it is rare in casino and tournament play.
Five-Card Draw Poker Rules
5 Card Draw is played by a maximum of five players and is a game in which each player receives five cards dealt face down. Before the cards are dealt the two players to the left of the dealer button must make forced bets, called blinds. The first person left of the dealer pays the small blind, the next person pays the big blind, which is double the small blind. The minimum bet in a hand is the amount of the big blind.
There are two betting rounds. Players who stay in on the first round have a chance to change or improve their hands by replacing none, some, or all of their cards. The dealer button moves clockwise around the table after each hand.
The first betting round starts with the first player after or to the left of the big blind, players have the option to fold their hand, call the big blind (bet equal to the big blind) or raise (bet a higher amount).
After the first round of betting is completed, active players are then given the opportunity to change 0-5 cards starting with the player to the left of the dealer. The player may click on the cards, to select or deselect the cards to be discarded and replaced. If a player has an ace, he/she can draw (exchange of cards known as the draw) the other four cards in his/her hand.
After everyone receives their new cards, the second/final betting round starts with blinds posted by the two players to the left of the dealer. Again, players have the option to fold their hand, call the big blind (bet equal to the big blind) or raise (bet a higher amount). After the second round betting is completed, active players show their hands and the best hand wins the pot.
Once all players have had the chance to act, there is a showdown. The last player to bet or raise must reveal their cards first and then all challenging players can choose to either muck their hand in the event they cannot win, or they can reveal their hand if the hand is strong enough to take the pot. The player with the best hand wins the pot. If two or more players have the best hand they will split the pot.