Poker - 5 Card Draw

5 Card Draw
Number of Players:
Player 1
    Ten of Spades Jack of Spades Queen of Spades King of Spades Ace of Spades

Poker Rules

Without betting, the basic rules of poker are as follows:

  • One person is the dealer. The deal can rotate clockwise among the players so that each person has turns at dealing.
  • Starting with the player to the dealer's left, the dealer deals each player five cards, clockwise, one card at a time (face down with real cards).  1st card to each player, 2nd card to each player, etc.
  • Each player can now discard and draw up to 3 new cards to try and make a better hand than what they were dealt. If a player holds an ace, they can discard the other four cards and must retain the ace. A player does not need to draw any cards if they want to keep their original hand.
  • Starting with the player to the dealer's left, the dealer deals each player new cards to replace any that they have discarded. The dealer deals all new cards to one player before moving on to the next player.
  • After everyone receives their new cards, players show their hands and the best hand wins.

Poker Hands Ranking

The following is a list of 5 card poker hands, from the best to worst, without jokers or wild cards in play

1. Royal Straight Flush

10-J-Q-K-A, all of the same suit.

2. Straight Flush

Five cards, of the same suit, in order, such as 5-6-7-8-9 all of clubs.

3. Four of a Kind

Four of the same card, such as 3-3-3-3-8.

4. Full House

Three of a kind and a pair together, such as 8-8-8-5-5 or K-K-K-A-A

5. Flush

Five cards all of the same suit, but not in order, such as 4-6-7-Q-K of spades.

6. Straight

Five cards in a row, such as 2-3-4-5-6, but not all of the same suit.

7. Three of a Kind

Three cards of the same number or rank, such as 7-7-7 in a hand such as 7-7-7-5-Q.

8. Two Pair

Two pairs of cards of the same number or rank, such as Q-Q-5-5 in a hand such as Q-Q-5-5-4.

9. One Pair

Two cards that match, like K-K.

10. High Card

If no one has any of the above hands, the player with the highest card in their hand wins.

High card will also be important if you tie another player. For example, you both have 2 pair of the same cards; you have Q-Q-5-5-9 and your opponent has Q-Q-5-5-2, you would win because 9 beats a 2. If you had K-K-5-5-9 you would win based on having the higher pair, kings beat queens.

References, for example

Hoyle's Rules for 5 Card Draw


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