How to Play Five-Card Draw Poker


In five-card draw, the player with the highest hand will win the pot. Players are dealt seven cards. Players can discard one, two, or three cards to get a new pair. They then reveal their hands. A new round of betting follows the discarding phase. Players must reveal their hand to win the pot. When a player has a winning hand, the round ends. If more than one player remains in the game, it is called a showdown.

The highest hand is the best hand. If there are two pairs of the same rank, the higher pair wins the hand. If two fours of the same rank are tied, the high card outside the four-card hand breaks the tie. The highest hand is also called a flush, and is any combination of five cards of the same suit. Unless one player has an edge over another, a flush will be the winner. However, the highest hand will be the winner.

Each player begins the game with an ante, which is usually a small amount. Other variations involve blind bets, which can replace or add to the ante. Blind bets are placed before each player receives their cards. Each round, the blind bet requirement is rotated. Players take turns placing blind bets, and they must call the blind bet before checking. If they fail to raise the blind bet, they must fold.