5 Card Draw is a well-known and possibly the oldest version of poker, from which the other poker games have emerged. This version is known from western movies, where protagonists exclusively play 5 Card Draw.
The aim of the game is to get the best hand or bluff your way to victory. Each player can discard one of his hand cards and pick a new one. There are only 2 betting rounds - that is why 5 Card Draw is faster than other poker games.
That's how you play 5 Card Draw:
As with all other Poker variants, the small and big blinds have to be surrendered before cards are dealt. The player immediately left of the dealer automatically surrenders the small blind (half the minimum bet amount), and the next player to the left automatically surrenders the big blind (minimum bet amount). All players then receive a hand of 5 cards, which are not viewable by others. Players may then choose to continue with the game or pass.
First Betting Round
The first betting round starts with the player who surrendered the small blind - to the left of the dealer. Taking turns, all players have the chance to bet, call, fold or check (neither bet or fold). The "Check" option is not available as soon as a bet is made in the current betting round. In this case, all successive players may only call, raise or fold. If all players choose to check, cards are then swapped.
Players can match players bets by opting to call. If a player wishes to raise, they must bet the big blind value as a minimum.
Once the first betting round has finished, players have the chance to swap some or all cards in their hand. You are not obliged to swap any of your hand cards. Click on the cards you would like to swap and then click on the "Swap" button to initiate the swap. If you don't want to swap, simply wait until time has run out, or click on the "Swap" button without selecting any cards.
Second Betting Round and Showdown
Now it's getting exciting - enter the second betting round, which follows the same principles as the first one. The showdown then completes the game. Of all the players still in the game, the player with the best 5-card hand is declared the winner.
The dealer chip is passed around to player left of the dealer, marked with "D". The small and big blind positions move along with the dealer chip.