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Rules Of Five Card Draw Poker

The game can be found at a variety of online poker sites and perhaps even at your local home game. If you've never played five card draw before, or if you're a little hazy on the rules, here's a refresher.

Beginning the Game in Five Card Draw

The game begins with the player to the left of the dealer putting in some fraction, usually half, of a bet, called the small blind. The player to his left then puts in a full bet, called a big blind. Each player then receives five cards. The objective is to make your best five-card poker hand. Proceeding clockwise from the big blind, players have the option to either call, raise or fold. Once the action goes around the table, the big blind has the option to check or raise, or call, raise or fold if there has been a raise already.

The Draw in Five Card Draw
Starting to the left of the dealer ("the button") players now discard as many cards as they wish. Once all players have discarded and received replacements for their discards, there is another round of betting. When all players have called all bets or folded, there is a showdown and the best five card hand wins the pot.

Variations of Five Card Draw
In some five card draw variations, players all ante instead of putting up blinds. In these games, a player is usually required to have at least a pair of jacks in his hand before he can bet at the pot. If all players decline to bet, players muck their cards, re-ante and receive a new deal.