Five Card Draw: Rule Strategy and Tactic

Five card draw is a variant of poker. In all poker formats the difference lies between the rules and techniques. Otherwise basics like poker hand, poker sequence, gameplan remains the same. Five card draw is somewhat similar to Texas Hold’em and if you know how to play Texas Hold’em things will be easier for you in a five card draw. It is the stud game which implies that you have to make the best poker hand to win. 

  • Play a 5-card draw with 6 people and decide on your game variations.
  • Establish your blinds or antes, deal 5 cards to each player, then bet.
  • Draw new cards to replace the ones you don’t want to keep, then fold or bet again.
  • Win the pot if everyone else folds or if you have the best hand.

The rules you must adhere to 

  • 5-card has two possible variants when it comes to beginning any round: blind or ante. It’s all a matter of personal preference — or how your friends feel!
  • In blind games, the person to the left of the dealer is the “small blind.” They put up a bet (usually incredibly small and always half of the big blind) before any hands are dealt. The person to left of the small blind is the “big blind” — they, too, put in a bet before any hands are dealt, though their bet is twice the small blind. Anyone who wants to play the round (after the hands are dealt) has to match the big blind to play.
  • In ante games, everyone has to put a predetermined amount into the pot in order to be dealt any cards. It discourages folding, at least initially.
  • After the dealer has dealt you your five cards and the betting rolls around to you, you have three options: to call, raise, or fold. Everyone has their own strategy as to how to go about this, but here’s what they are:
  • Checking is basically betting 0. If no bets have been placed, you can check. But the second someone places a bet, you then must call, raise, or fold.
  • Calling is when you match the bet that’s on the table. If everyone has put 10 cents into the pot to play, you put 10 cents into the pot to play.
  • “Raising” is when you increase the amount of money in the pot. If the player to your left put in 10 cents and you put in 15, you have raised the bet 5. Players must then match your bet (call) to stay in play.
  • Folding is when you want out. You throw your cards face down on the table and you’re finished for that round, no money won, some lost.
  •  5-card is a very fun game, but an extra element of surprise and strategy comes into play when you introduce wild cards. Just make sure everyone agrees on this (and what it is) beforehand. This makes the “5 of a kind” a potential hand — and the best one at that.


Five card draw is one of the easiest formats and does not require any special explanation or any knowledge because this format is similar to Texas Hold’em. You can play any poker variant on Pocket52.  


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