Online 5 Card Draw Poker

Long before Texas Hold'em became the most popular form of poker in the world, 5 Card Draw was the game of choice for many players.

As in most forms of poker, 5 Card Draw uses a standard 52-card deck that is shuffled before every hand. 5 Card Draw is a draw poker game, meaning that players can choose to discard any of the five cards in their starting hand and draw new cards. As with Hold'em, the goal in 5 Card Draw is to make the best five-card high hand.

Below is a comprehensive description of online 5 Card Draw.


Like flop-based games such as Hold’em, draw games feature blinds to stimulate action at the table. The small blind and big blind are assigned to the players to the left of the dealer button, which determines the order in which cards are dealt.

When you first buy in to a 5 Card Draw game, you'll have the option of waiting for the big blind to reach your position before you begin playing or posting a blind equivalent to the big blind to be dealt immediately, except when sitting in a position that would put you in the small blind position or on the button, where you'll have to wait for the next hand to play.

The Deal and First Round of Betting

Once the blinds are posted, the hand is underway. With 5 Card Draw, five cards are dealt face down to each player in the hand, starting with the player to the left of the dealer button.

After the cards are dealt, the first round of betting ensues. Starting with the player to the left of the big blind, each player has the option to fold their hand, call the current bet or raise it up! If no one raises, the player in the big blind has the option to check their hand, meaning that player makes no bet but still retains their hand.

The amount you can bet or raise is determined by the betting structure of the game you're playing:

  • If the game is No Limit, you can bet all of your chips at any point in the hand
  • If the game is Pot Limit, you can bet up to the size of the pot at any point in the hand
  • If the game is Fixed Limit, you can bet in increments of a predetermined betting limit that corresponds to the size of the blinds

The Draw

When the first round of betting is complete, all players still in the hand have the option to discard any or all of their cards and draw new ones. Click on the cards you want to discard, and then click the Discard button when it's your turn to act.

Alternatively, you can select the cards you want to discard and then check the Discard pre-action option, so your cards will be automatically discarded when it's your turn to act.

If you prefer not to discard any cards, you have the option to "stand pat". To do so, either check the Stand Pat pre-action option, or click the Stand Pat button when it's your turn to act.

Once all players have discarded, new cards will be drawn from the deck and each player will be dealt the same number of cards which they discarded.

The Final Round of Betting and Showdown

After the draw, a final round of betting takes place, beginning with the first player to the left of the button. If no one has bet, you have the option to check your hand or make a bet. If you're facing a bet, you have the option to fold, call or raise.

At the showdown, the player with the best high hand wins the pot. If there is a tie for the best hand, the pot will be split equally among the tied players. Occasionally the pot cannot be split evenly among all players. If there are any remaining chips left in the pot, the 'extra' chips will be awarded one at a time to the remaining players, starting with the player closest to the left of the button. Learn more about hand rankings.

Sometimes a player runs out of chips before all the betting is over. In such case, one or more side pots are created, and the software awards appropriate main and side pots. When a player is all in, a bet or raise can be made that is not called, but a showdown still takes place.

Players often do not show losing hands. You are entitled, however, to see any cards that were active at the showdown even if they were not shown. Click on “Show previous hand” to bring up a new window that shows the results of the last hand and all the active cards

If you like 5 Card Draw, be sure to check out our other draw games: 2-7 Triple Draw, 2-7 Single Draw and Badugi.

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