People who are interested in poker might have been more familiar with the community card variant, as this is what is shown in television and offered in the internet. However, there are still many poker variants that are equally interesting, fun, and challenging to play. One of these is the five-card draw poker, which is popular as a home game as well as in casinos.
Five-card draw poker is a sub-variant of draw poker, in which players are often dealt full hands, and have the chance to improve their hands by discarding cards and drawing another set. Five-card draw poker also uses the same mechanism as other poker games, such as hand rankings and betting procedure.
Play in five-card draw poker begins by all players putting their ante, or forced initial bet, into the pot. Each player is then dealt five cards. Betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer. This player may either pass or bet. If that player passes, then the next player to the left may either pass or bet. If all players pass, then the cards are returned to the dealer and re-shuffled, ante is placed again, and all players are dealt a fresh five-card hand.
If a player in a five-card draw poker opens by betting, then the subsequent players could only fold, call, or rise. They do not have the option to pass. Once the first betting round ends, all players who remain in the hand (has not folded) is given the option to replace some of their cards. This is done by indicating how many cards one wishes to replace and discarding them. Each player is then dealt from the deck, in turn, the same number of cards they have discarded.
Another round of betting would then begin after every player in the hand finished exchanging their cards or stayed. After this round of betting, a showdown of hands occurs by players who still remained in hand. In five-card draw poker, as in other poker variants, poker hand rankings determine the winning hand. A player could also win if that player is the only one remaining after all other players have folded.
Five-card draw poker also has varied rules, most of which are minimal. Some casinos, for example, would only allow a maximum of three cards to be replaced. Also, most casinos would not allow players to draw five succeeding cards from the deck. A player who wishes to replace all five of their cards would be dealt four cards first in turn, and if all other players have replaced their cards, that player would be dealt the fifth card.
By knowing the characteristics and rules of this variant, then a player used to the community card variant would find this a refreshing game with the same characteristics. Five-card draw poker is an equally fun and challenging poker variant.
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