Five Card Draw Online

Five-Card Draw is the game cowboys are most often seen playing in cowtown saloons in old movie Westerns. In Five-Card Draw, each player antes up a predetermined amount to get the pot started. Then the dealer distributes five cards face down in rotation to each player, starting with the player on the dealer’s left. All players pick up their cards to see what they’ve received, holding the cards in front of them in a traditional fan shape. Then each player gets a chance to bet, starting at the dealer’s left.

After the first round of bets, players are allowed to trade in up to three cards for new cards. Sometimes players are allowed to trade in four cards if they hold an ace, but must show the ace. Remember that trading in, or “drawing,” cards isn’t required; if dealt a good hand, hold on to it!

Once players draw cards, another round of betting proceeds, during which players who don’t think they can win fold (drop out) when it’s their turn to bet. Betting continues until everyone who stays in the game has bet the same amount. Then players show their hands and the player with the highest hand wins.