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5-Card Draw Rules

Play begins with each player being dealt five cards, one at a time, all face down. The remaining deck stub is placed aside, often protected by placing a chip or other marker on it. Players pick up the cards and hold them in their hands, being careful to keep them concealed from the other players. The first "before the draw" betting round occurs at this point, starting with the player to the dealer's left (or to the left of the big blind if blinds are used). Each player will either bet or fold his hand.

If more than one player remains after the first round, the "draw" phase begins. Each player specifies how many of his cards he wishes to replace, and discards that many from his hand. The deck stub is retrieved, and after a burn card is dealt, each player in turn beginning at the dealer's left is dealt from the stub the same number of cards he discarded, so that each player again has five cards. It is important that each player discards the cards he wishes to replace before he takes any replacements, and that he take the same number of replacements as he discarded.

A second "after the draw" betting round occurs after the draw phase, beginning with the player to the dealers left or else beginning with the player who opened the first round (the latter is common when antes are used instead of blinds). This is followed by a showdown if more than one player remains, in which the player with the best hand wins the pot.

  • Royal flush: a hand containing an ace-high straight flush (i.e. A♣ K♣ Q♣ J♣ 10♣)
  • Straight flush: a hand which contains five cards in sequence, all of the same suit.
  • Four of a kind: a hand containing four cards of one rank, and an unmatched card.
  • Full house: also known as a boat or a full boat, is a hand which contains three matching cards of one rank, plus two matching cards of another rank.
  • Flush: a hand which contains five cards of the same suit, not in rank sequence.
  • Straight: a hand containing five cards of sequential rank, of varying suits.
  • Three of a kind: also called trips, is a hand which contains three cards of the same rank, plus two unmatched cards.
  • Two pair: a hand containing two cards of the same rank, plus two cards of another rank (that match each other but not the first pair), plus one unmatched card.
  • One Pair: a hand containing two cards of the same rank, plus three unmatched cards.

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It uses material from the Wikipedia articles "Five-card draw" and "Rank of hands (poker)".


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