How To Play 5-Card Draw

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5-Card Draw

Players of 5-Card Draw

Up to 5 players are allowed to play at one table.

Betting structure 5-Card Draw

5-Card Draw is played with two blinds. A blind is a forced bet that two players have to post before the cards are dealt. The betting structures available for 5-Card Draw are Limit, Pot-Limit and No-Limit.

The play 5-Card Draw

1. The blinds are posted by the two players to the left of the dealer. The dealer is indicated by a round white button with the letter ”D” in front of the player. The dealer button moves clockwise around the table after each hand.

2. Each player is dealt five cards face down. These cards can only be seen by the player that receives them.

3. The first round of betting starts with the player to the left of the big blind.

4. The draw starts with the player to the left of the dealer. Each player is given the opportunity to change 0-5 cards.

5. The last round of betting starts with the player to the left of the dealer.

6. Showdown – The player with the best hand wins the pot. If two or more players have the best hand they will split the pot.

Disconnection 5-Card Draw

If the player is disconnected before or during the draw round and fails to reconnect before the timeout, the player’s cards will automatically be changed. If you hold any of the following hands then these cards will be kept if automatic change takes place:

1. Hand with two pair or higher.

2. Open royal straight flush draw (KQJ10 suited)

3. High pairs (AA,KK,QQ,JJ)

4. Straight flush draw or flush draw

5. Low pairs (1010 and below)

6. Open straight draw

7. Gutshot straight draw

8. High card (A,K,Q,J)

9. No cards saved

General Rule of 5-Card Draw

Available betting structures of 5-Card Draw

Limit of 5-Card Draw

In structured limit games, all bets/raises are a set amount. The only valid bet/raise is the current limit, for example $5 on the first two rounds and $10 in the last two rounds in a $5-$10 Hold’em game. There may be a maximum of 4 bet/raises in a round of betting. This includes a bet, raise, re-raise and a cap.

No-Limit of 5-Card Draw

In no-limit, a valid bet/raise must be at least the current limit and the last bet/raise. No higher limit is available, other than the amount of chips that the player has at the table. No maximum number of raises exists.

Pot-Limit of 5-Card Draw

In pot-limit, the valid bet/raise must be at least the current limit and the last bet/raise. A pot-limit bet/raise may be maximum the value of the pot, plus all bets at the table including the current players call. No maximum number of raises exists.

The Betting Round of 5-Card Draw

Check of 5-Card Draw

If no player has placed a bet or if the player is on an un-raised big blind, the player has the alternative to check. That means declining to bet, but retaining the option to remain in the hand if someone else bets, or even to call or raise if someone else bets. A player can not “check” if someone else has placed a bet. If another player bets after a check, the checking player is forced to either call, raise or fold.

Fold of 5-Card Draw

A player always has the option to fold. When a player folds his hand he is no longer in the game until the next hand.

Call of 5-Card Draw

A player has the option to call when another player has placed a bet. When the player calls, he puts in the same amount as the bet in the pot and the betting round is ended unless another player raises.

Bet of 5-Card Draw

If no one else has placed a bet, the player can bet himself. A bet will force the other players to either call, raise or fold. The amount of the bet depends on the betting structure.

Raise of 5-Card Draw

The player has the option to raise another player’s bet. The player then raises to an amount higher than the bet, which forces the other players to either call, re-raise or fold.

Pokerhand ranking of 5-Card Draw

The pokerhands are ranked according to the following:

1. Royal Straight Flush

The best possible straight flush. Ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all of the same suit.

2. Straight flush

Cards of five consecutive ranks, all of the same suit.

3. Four of a kind

Four cards of any one rank, and any other card.

4. Full house

Three cards of one rank, and two cards of a second rank.

5. Flush

Five cards of the same suit that doesn’t make a straight.

6. Straight

Cards of five consecutive ranks when not all five are of the same suit.

7. Three of a kind

Three cards of the same rank and two unrelated cards.

8. Two pairs

Two cards of one rank, two cards of another rank, and a fifth unrelated card.

9. One pair

Two cards of the same rank and three other unrelated cards.

10. High card

Five unrelated cards – no pair, no flush, no straight. Nothing but the highest card.

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