How to Play Draw Poker

Draw PokerDraw Poker is an old variation of poker that many of us are familiar with, as it is the game we used to play around the kitchen table.

Let’s say you already know the poker hand rankings. In this case we can start go through the rules of the Draw Poker and its main variations. If you want to practice this game please download the free poker software and open a free account.

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Playing Draw Poker is made of at least 2 players, with a regular 52 deck of cards. This is an easy game players can play offline at home, and in some case, at online poker rooms (not all online poker rooms offer this poker variation). As these are the basic rules, common to all draw poker games, below you will find a step by step guide for each variation alone: 5 Card Draw Poker, Deuce to Seven Triple Draw or Deuce to Seven Lowball (single draw).

5 Card Draw Poker

In 5 Card Draw Poker the winner must have the best poker hand at the table.

Sitting down

First, in order to play poker, a player must sit down at the table. We’ll not gonna explain you how to do that in real life, and in online poker is no different. Just chose you table and take your sit to begin playing.

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Blinds

Each hand of draw poker starts with blinds. The first two players located in close left vicinity of the dealer will put in the small and big blind. These blinds have the role of stimulating the game, having a pot to win even before the cards have been dealt. Once the blinds are in, the dealer will deal 5 cards, face down, to each of the player at the table.

First betting round

Once the cards have been dealt, the first betting round can begin. The first player to start the betting round is the player in the left of the one who posted the big blind. This player has three options: fold (will not bet and get out of the game), call (put in the same amount as the big blind), raise (raise the previous bet, the big blind in this case). regardless of what this player does, the three options described are available for the next players at the table, clockwise. In the case anyone raises, and no one calls, the hand is finished and the pot is awarded to the last betting player.

Draw round

Once each player at the table had the option to fold/call/raise, and the betting round was equalized (having at least 2 remaining active players in the game), the draw round takes place. In draw round, the remaining active players have the option to discard some of their cards and draw new ones, in the hope to form a better poker hand. The number of cards discarded might vary from a house to another or a poker room to another, as some will allow a player discard up to 3 cards and others will allow the players to discard up to 5 cards (all their handed cards). Depending on the cards a player has, he may chose to discard less or no card at all (stand pat).

As soon as all players have discarded their cards, the dealer deals a number of cards to each of the active players, equal to the ones discarded. In some cases the cards remained in the deck will not be enough to make the draw, that is why in such case, all discarded cards are going back in the deck, and once reshuffled, cards are drawn.

Second betting round

Once the draw round has been finished, players remaining active start a new betting round, based on their new hands. The betting starts from the first active player located at the left of the dealer. This player has the option to fold (leaves the game, but in this particular situation is not recommended, as checking does not cost anything), check (continue with no bet), bet (place a bet). If anyone places a bet, the next players have the option to fold, call (put in the same amount of money as lats bet), re-raise (increase the preceding bet).

Showdown

Once the second betting round finalized (players have equalized their bets), and we have at least 2 active players remaining at the table, the last step of the game will take place: the showdown. This is the process where players will show their cards in order to establish the winner and award the pot. The showdown takes place in a specific order: the first player to show the cards is the one who last placed a bet or raised. If the next player at the table, clockwise, has a better or similar in value hand, he must show the cards, otherwise (in the case the hand is worst), the player has the option to muck his cards (leave the game without showing the cards, admitting this way he has a worst hand). Same goes around the table for all players. Once we the highest hand at the table (see poker hand rankings for details), the pot is awarded to the winning player. If more than one player have the same high hand (of similar value), the pot will be equally split among them. From this point, a new poker hand can begin.

Don’t forget: practice for free the 5 Card Draw Poker variation just by simply downloading the poker software and opening a free account (regular registration without depositing any real money).

Deuce to Seven Triple Draw

In Deuce to Seven Triple Draw, the winner at the showdown must have the lowest poker hand. In other words, the variation is a form of “lowball”. As this is a draw game, the player will receive 5 cards at the beginning, which he can discard from zero to 5 cards, and receive that number of cards for replacement. This variation goes similar in rounds with the 5 Card Draw Poker, only that instead of one draw, we will have 3 different draws.

We will not explain the rounds again, for details please refer to the 5 Card Draw Poker, above. The simple view of the rounds are presented below:

1. Sitting down
2. Blinds
3. Five cards dealt to each player
4. Betting round #1, beginning with player to left of big blind
5. Draw #1
6. Betting round #2, beginning with first active player to left of dealer
7. Draw #2
8. Betting round #3, beginning with first active player to left of dealer
9. Draw #3
10. Betting round #4, beginning with first active player to left of dealer
11. Showdown (if necessary)

The showdown is however different. Though it is the same process of showing the cards or mucking them, the pot is awarded to the player with the lowest hand. To remember that in this variation of draw poker, flushes and straights do count against the player, and the Ace is always a high card, and not of value 1. Therefore, the best possible hand (the lowest) is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7. The next best had to this one is 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 (as you can see all cards ar in the 2-7 range). Once the pot has been awarded, a new 2-7 Triple Draw hand can begin.

Don’t forget: practice for free the 2-7 Triple Draw variation just by simply downloading the poker software and opening a free account (regular registration without depositing any real money).

Deuce to Seven Single Draw

In Deuce to Seven Single Draw, the winner at the showdown must have the lowest poker hand. In other words, the variation is a form of “lowball”. As this is a draw game, the player will receive 5 cards at the beginning, which he can discard from zero to 5 cards, and receive that number of cards for replacement. This variation goes similar in rounds with the 5 Card Draw Poker, only that instead of one draw, we will have 3 different draws.

We will not explain the rounds again, for details please refer to the 5 Card Draw Poker, above. The simple view of the rounds are presented below:

1. Sitting down
2. Blinds
3. Five cards dealt to each player
4. Betting round #1, beginning with player to left of big blind
5. Draw #1
6. Betting round #2, beginning with first active player to left of dealer
7. Showdown (if necessary)

The showdown is however different. Though it is the same process of showing the cards or mucking them, the pot is awarded to the player with the lowest hand. To remember that in this variation of draw poker, flushes and straights do count against the player, and the Ace is always a high card, and not of value 1. Therefore, the best possible hand (the lowest) is 2, 3, 4, 5, 7. The next best had to this one is 2, 3, 4, 6, 7 (as you can see all cards ar in the 2-7 range). Once the pot has been awarded, a new 2-7 Triple Draw hand can begin.

Don’t forget: practice for free the 2-7 Single Draw Poker variation just by simply downloading the poker software and opening a free account (regular registration without depositing any real money).

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