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. Here is the guide on How to Play 5 Card Draw Poker Game.

Important Information about 5 Card Draw Poker

What are the requirements to play 5 Card Draw?

A 52 cards standard deck is required. 2 to 6 players can play this game. Also, poker chips are required for this game.

Ranking order of the Cards from the Highest to Lowest:

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

What is the Ranking order of Poker Hands in 5 Cards Draw?

The ranking order of Poker Hands in 5 Cards Draw from Highest to Lowest is as Follows:

  • 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

The Object in 5 Card Draw

The main object in 5 Card Draw is to win chips by having the highest-ranking hand, at the end of the round. If a player has the highest-ranking hand and he folds his hand during the play then he cannot win. Only the active players are considered while selecting the highest-ranking poker hand.


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 the ante amount before starting a round, he will not get the cards for that round.

Determining Dealer and Dealing The Cards

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

How to Play 5 Card Draw

The player on the left of the dealer takes the first turn. Then the turn moves in a clockwise manner. If a player believes that he has good cards to make a good poker hand and he can beat the other players with that hand, then he can place a bet.

If the player believes that he can not make a poker hand with the cards he got, then he can fold the cards. As soon as a player folds the cards, he 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 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.

This is How to Play 5 Card Draw. Play and enjoy.

Thank you.

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