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Five-Card Draw is a classic game and you can learn the rules in two minutes flat. It's a fun game to add to your home game rotation and it's also great for beginners thanks to its really simple rules.
In this video we break down how to deal Five-Card Draw, whether to use antes or blinds, how to make bets and raises and how to determine which hand wins.
In Five-Card Draw there's a dealer button just like in Texas Hold'em. It moves one seat to the left after each hand and determines the dealing and betting orders.
The game will either use antes or blinds. If you're playing with beginners, antes are a great way to keep things simple. Before any cards are dealt, each player must pay an ante. Alternately, you can play with blinds the same way you might be used to in Texas Hold'em.
After everyone antes or pays the blinds, the dealer gives each player five cards face-down. Everyone looks at their cards and then there's a round of betting.
If you're playing with antes, betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer button. If you're playing with blinds the betting begins with the player to the left of the big blind.
After the first betting round everyone has the option of exchanging any cards they want for new ones off the top of the deck. Players also have the option of keeping all five of their cards which is called “Standing Pat”.
After the draw there's another betting round, followed by the showdown. All players still in turn over their hands and the player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot.
5-Card Draw is one of the simplest forms of poker and chances are you already know the basics.
First, decide if you want to play with antes or blinds.
With antes, everyone pays the same forced ante before the cards are dealt. Antes are a great way to keep it simple for beginners.
With blinds, it works just like Texas Hold'em with the player to the left of the dealer paying the small blind and the player to the left of him paying the big blind.
Whether you're playing with antes or blinds, the game rotates around a dealer button, which moves one seat to the left after each hand and determines the betting order.
After the blinds or antes have been paid the dealer gives each player five cards face-down.
Players look at their cards and the first round of betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer.
After everyone has had the chance to bet and raise, players have the chance to draw cards.
Starting with the player to the left of the dealer each player can exchange any or all of their cards for new ones off the top of the deck. They also have the option to keep all five of their cards. That's called “standing pat”.
After everyone has taken their draw there's another round of betting, again starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
This is the final betting round and after it's done everyone still in turns over their cards to see who wins.
The player with the best five-card poker hand wins the pot.