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| On Updated : Jul 7, 2020 12:58 PM IST

5 Card Draw Poker: Origin, Game Play, Variations

By Dheeraj Singh

5 Card Draw Poker is one of the most basic variants of the game. It is a form of draw poker in which you have to make the highest ranked 5-card poker hand. The game involves only one round of drawing and two rounds of betting.

5 Card Draw Poker involves blinds like Hold’em and Omaha. So, let’s check out the gameplay

Game Play

  • Each player is dealt five cards. The first round of betting begins with the player to the left of the big blind.
  • After betting, one round of draw comes into play i.e. each player can exchange any number of their cards for new cards, starting with the player to the left of the dealer.
  • After the draw, the second round of betting starts with the player to the left of the dealer.
  • After the second round of betting, it’s time for the showdown. The best five-card high poker hand wins the pot

Pros and Cons


  • You can play more hands per hour in this variant than you would in some other forms of the game


  • It can be difficult for beginners as you can’t see any of your opponent’s cards and there are no community cards
  • The live games and tables are lesser in number as compared to other popular variants
Dheeraj Singh

I believe Life and Poker work on the same principle. The more you learn the better you become.