How to Play 5 Card Draw – Rules for 5 Card Draw Poker Game

5 card draw was one of the most popular poker games. Half a century ago, almost every poker player started his career with this game. It is an easy to play game. With this guide on How to Play 5 Card Draw, you can learn this game in just 5 minutes. So, let’s start the guide on How to Play 5 Card Draw.



A 52 cards standard deck is required.

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2 to 6 players can play this game. Also, poker chips are required to this game.

The Object of The Game

The main object of the game is to win chips by having the highest-ranking hand at the end of the round. Remember, if a player has the highest-ranking hand and he/she folds his/her hand during the play then he/she cannot win. Only the active players are considered while selecting the highest-ranking poker hand.


Ranks of Cards from Highest to Lowest:

Ace (A), King (K), Queen (Q), Jack (J), 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2.

Ranks of the Poker Hands from Highest to Lowest:

  • Royal Flush (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10 of the same suit or say, the highest possible straight flush)
  • Straight Flush (Five same suited cards in a sequence)
  • Four of a Kind
  • Full House [Three of a kind (Three cards of the same rank) with a pair(Two cards of the same rank)]
  • Flush (Five cards of the same suit)
  • Straight (Five cards in a sequence)
  • Three of a Kind
  • Two Pairs
  • Pair
  • High Card


Before dealing the cards, each player has to pay the ante amount to the pot to be in the round. The ante amount is decided by the players before starting the game. If a player does not pay ante amount before starting a round, he/she will not get the cards for that round.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

The dealer is selected randomly. After selection, he/she deals five cards to each player face-down.

The Gameplay

The player on the left of the dealer gets the first chance to either bet or fold. Then, the chance moves in a clockwise manner. If a player feels that he/she has a good poker hand and he/she can beat the other players with that hand then he/she places a bet. And if the player does not feel this then he/she can fold the cards. As soon as a player folds the cards, he/she is out of the game and loses the ante amount.

A player can only bet the same or higher amount than the previous bet. The first bet should be of the same or higher amount than the ante.

After the first round of betting, the active players have a chance to discard the unwanted cards and draw fresh cards in the replacement of those unwanted cards. After drawing, another round of betting starts with the restriction to bet the same or higher amount than the previous bet. If a player does not want to bet, he/she can still fold the cards.

As soon as the second round of betting finishes, all the remaining players are forced to show their hands. The player with the highest-ranking poker hand wins the round and gets all the chips.

If two or more players have equal hands and they win the round then the chips are distributed in equal parts to those players.

How to Play 5 Card Draw at Casino

For the casino, all the above rules are the same except the Ante. In most of the Casinos and online games, Two blinds are placed instead of Ante. One “Small Blind” and One “Big Blind”. This is the same concept as in Texas Hold’em Poker and Omaha Poker.

Now you know How to Play 5 Card Draw. Play and enjoy.

Thank you.

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