How to Play Five-Card Draw Poker

The original game of poker is a five card draw game which is very easy and simple to learn. However, if you want to win on a regular basis then you will need to master the art of playing and bluffing. You can practice or test your poker skills over the internet for free on a number of websites. You can also download poker to your computer or laptop and play for hours. The more you play the quicker you will learn all the tip and tricks of five-card draw poker.

Things Required:

– Poker chips
– Card tables
– Folding chairs
– Playing cards
– Two or more people
– Dealer


  • 1

    Learn the basics of the game

    You should know your cards and be aware of the terminology to do well at five-card draw poker. Recognise the value of all the cards. Remember that the order of increasing value is 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, jack (J), queen (Q), king (K) and ace (A). The ace can also be used as the lowest card if you are making a straight up to 5. Remember all the definitions and worth of various cards. The lowest hand is a high card. Then it is One Pair, Two Pair, Three of a Kind, Straight, Flush, Full House, Four of a Kind, Straight Flush and Royal Flush in increasing order. The next hand will always defeat the preceding hand.

  • 2

    Rules of poker

    Remember that if two or more players have the same hand, then the player with a better high card beats the others. Know that the stake is the initial bet made by all the players. You also have the option to raise the ante or raise the bets. Folding is another option and you just place your cards down on the table and forfeit the hand. Calling is when you match the other player’s bet once he or she makes their bet. During the first hand you can also request cards from the dealer, if you do not require any cards you have the option to "Stay".

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    Basic Playing Method

    The dealer makes sure that every player places his or her bet into the pot. Then deals five cards to each player. The player on the left side of the dealer will bet or pass. If he or she chooses to pass, the decision goes to the player to his or her left. If everyone passes then start a new hand. Have players call, raise or fold once the hand is on the table. After the players have bet or folded, ask the remaining players to exchange cards for an equal number from the deck. Begin another round after that.

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