If you are a movie fan, then you are probably familiar with the Five Card Draw, this is the variation of poker that you will see in most movie scenes and is actually a very basic form of the game. The rules of this game tend to vary from place to place because people are exposed to different variations of it. As is with the other poker games, the goal is to have the best combination of five cards.
Just like in theSeven-Card Stud poker game, the ante is basically a forced bet that every single player has to place before they can be dealt their cards in the Five Card Draw. This is actually the original method that was used to play this poker game and is actually the method you will notice being used world over during home games.
A second system of playing the Five Card Draw is the blind. Just like in Texas Hold’em, at the start of a new round, two players are required to post what is referred to as the small blind and the big blind. These are essentially forced bets which usually initiate the process of wagering. The two players on the immediate left of the dealer are the ones responsible for the blinds. Typically, the small blind is half the big blind, but at times different variations of the game will set it up differently.
Once the players have made the ante or the blind, it’s time for the dealer to deal cards to the players on the table. The cards are usually dealt clockwise, and every player given five cards facing down. Once this is done, the first round of betting begins. If it’s the blind system being played, the player on the immediate left of big blind is the one who will begin the betting whereas if it’s the ante system betting begins with the player on the immediate left of the dealer.
The draw round usually follows the betting round. Once the first round of betting has been completed, the players remaining on the table, considering some will have folded, take part in the draw. It’s the player on the left of the dealer that will begin the process. During the draw, each player on the table has the option of keeping all their five cards, or replacing any number of them by other cards on the deck mainly from the top. In a number of home games however, players may have varying rules such as limiting the number of cards a player can exchange to three.
Just like any other poker game, the player who carries the day and the pot is the one who will have the best combination of five cards by the end of the game.
Familiarize yourself with these rules and you are well on your way to becoming a poker player.