Five Card Draw is the game many people grew up playing around the kitchen table. In this game, your goal is to make the best five-card hand after one draw. Like Hold'em, it's a game that's easy to learn, but difficult to master.
Draw games are played with blinds and a button, just like flop games. Each player is dealt five hidden hole cards. The first player after the big blind has the option to fold, call, or raise. Action continues clockwise around the poker table until betting is complete for the round.
Once the first round of betting is complete, there is a draw. That is, each player selects which (if any) cards he wishes to discard by clicking on them. By clicking a second time on a card that you have planned to discard, you remove it from the discard set. Discarding continues around the table clockwise. When it is your turn to discard, you press the button to confirm you wish to discard the selected cards.
After the first draw, there is another round of betting, beginning with the first active player to the left of the button. So the sequence of action is:
In draw games, it is possible for more cards to be needed than are remaining in the deck. In this case, the cards are reshuffled, and play continues using the new deck. For more information on reshuffling in draw games, please see Reshuffling the Deck.
The player with the best five-card hand wins the pot. After the pot is awarded to the best hand, a new game of Five Card Draw is ready to be played.
If two or more hands have the same value, the pot is equally split among them. There is no precedence of suit for the purposes of awarding the pot.
If you are unfamiliar with Five Card Draw poker, we recommend you try that poker game out first to get a feel for how it’s played. You are always welcome to play on free poker tables at PokerStars, and sharpen your skills before playing real money poker.
Finally, if you like to play other draw variants, we recommend you check out Triple Draw 2-7 Lowball or Single Draw 2-7 Lowball, all of which are very popular poker games as well. These games are a nice change of pace from the amazingly popular Texas Hold'em game, and they are also available in our poker tournaments selection.
As well as Five Card Draw, we also offer many other poker variants. See our Poker Games page to learn more.