FIVE –CARD DRAW

The Classic

Players: 3 to 6 are ideal.
Wager: The ante and two rounds. Betting tens to be relatively now.
Keep an eye: It would be advisable to closely monitor the number of cards that every poker player takes from the check.
What wins: A high pair or a better game than that.

One of the oldest known poker games is five-card draw or draw poker, this game is distinctive in it’s style because the players get a chance to trade cards or draw cards from the deck so they could wind up having a better set of cards than the ones they have.

If a player is not satisfied with the cards he has then he could attempt to better them by taking other cards. The players can only see the cards that they have which is quite dissimilar to stud poker games. (The more adept players will scrutinize how many cards the opponents take after the first round of betting. Other than that they scrutinize the manner in which the other players bet.

Before actually starting a game the dealer has to make up his mind how many cards every player is allowed to take from the deck after the initial round of bets. The normal ceiling is of three cards. There are some games where you could take four cards if you have an ace, but you have to reveal it to the other players.

When each player has put his ante the dealer must deal out five cards to each player without exposing the cards.

The player on the left side of the dealer must be the first to place a wager. He has a choice either to place a wager, check or quit. It is customary to place a wager in a clockwise direction, every player gets a turn to match another players wager, increase it or quit. It is the contention of some that one should have a pair of Jacks at the very least to start placing bets in a five-card draw.

When the opening player which is the player on the left of the dealer has cards which aren’t as good as a pair of Jacks, then the wager goes on to the next player on his left until a player has a at least a pair of Jacks to place a wager. Subsequent to the initial round of wagers, the lasting players (the one’s who have not quit the game) can take up to three new cards from the deck.

(Four cards will be permitted in certain circumstances, see front of card). You may get rid of the cards that you think you might not need and then you will be dealt with other cards from the deck without shuffling. Although a player could choose to keep the cards that he has and not take others the term for this would be to ‘stand pat’.
A fresh round of wagers start when all the players have got fresh cards.

Even this time round the player on the left of the dealer is the first to place a wager, then it’s the turn of the person on his left to place a wager and so on. The players are supposed to show their cards when all the players have finished making a wager. Obviously the player who has the best set of five card stud will win the kitty. (If you want more information on hands, refer to pages 10-12)