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5 Card Draw

Online Five Card Draw is the game many people grew up playing in the living room with their friends. 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, it's a very popular online poker room game.

Five card draw is played with blinds, 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 all the players have their cards there is the first of 2 betting rounds and players have the 3 options: fold their hand, call the big blind (bet equal to the big blind) or raise (bet a higher amount).

After all players have acted, the players who stay in the hand have a chance to change or improve their hand by discarding up to 5 of their cards and getting the same number of new cards back. They also of course have the option to keep all their cards in their hand.

There is then a second round of betting followed by a showdown, at the showdown 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 Draw is ready to be played.

The Joker

  1. The players will be alerted as to whether the joker is in use.
  2. The joker may be used only as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush. (This it is not a completely wild card.)
  3. If the joker is used to make a flush, it will be the highest card of the flush not present in the hand.
  4. Five aces is the best possible hand (four aces and joker).

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