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Rules of Five Card Draw

Learn to play 5 card draw!

Five Card Draw is a little different from Texas Hold'em, it is also played with five cards but all all of them are private there are no community cards, during the game the players will discard the cards they do not want in two betting rounds.

Rules of Five Card Draw in detail

General Rules:


The structure of the game of Five Card Draw is very similar to Texas Hold'em in which theplayers pay their "blinds" and there is a "dealer" button, also the game moves itself in a clockwise direction, the game of Five Card Draw is processed as follows:


1 - Distribution of 5 cards


Five privates cards are dealt to each player.


2 - First betting round


The first betting round begins starting with the first player to the left of the "big blind".


3 - Discarding of cards "draw"


After the first bet each player selects which cards he wants to discard.


4 - Second betting round


After discarding the cards that the players do not want, there is a second betting round, again it stars with the first player on the left of the "big blind".


5 - Determining the best hand


The player with the best hand wins the pot.


As you can see in the figure below in Five Card Draw each player has five private cards and there are no community cards visible.


Figure I: "Example of Five Card Draw table game"


Variants Five Card Draw:


- "2-7 (Deuce to Seven) Single Draw Lowball"


The "2-7 (Deuce to Seven) Single Draw Lowball" is equal to Five Card Draw but the winning hand will be the lowest in the ranking hand at 2-7.


- "2-7 (Deuce to Seven) Triple Draw"


The difference between the "2-7 (Deuce to Seven) Single Draw Lowball" and "2-7 (Deuce to Seven) Triple Draw" is as the name implies the making of three "draws", so there are three times in which the players discard up the cards they do not want.


- Badugi


Badugi is also a game of discarding cards in which the lowest hand wins, and it has a ranking system of different hands, in which the strongest hands are those that have four low cards of different suits and no pairs.


Below you can find a detailed video of the rules and general operating mode of the Five Card Draw.


Video I: "How to play Five Card Draw"


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