Five Card Draw poker rules

5  cards studFive Card Draw is one of several poker variants in the draw poker family. What all types of draw poker have in common is that you get one or more opportunities to discard cards from your hand and receive new cards from the deck in exchange. Examples of popular draw poker games are Five Card Draw, 2-7 Triple Draw and 2-7 Single Draw. On this page, we focus on 5 Card Draw, but there is also some information about 2-7 Draw to be found at the bottom end of the page.

Basic information about Five Card Draw

  • Five Card Draw is played with a standard (French) 52 card deck. No jokers or other wild cards are used.
  • No community cards are used.
  • Each player get five individual cards (the hole cards) at the start of a round. You should look at your hole cards, but not show them to any of the other players.
  • You get one opportunity to exchange 0-5 of your hole cards.

Start of the game

  1. At the start of the game, the player seated left of the dealer button posts the small blind and the player seated left of the small blind posts the big blind. These two mandatory wagers used to get the pot going.
  2. Each player will receive their five hole cards, dealt face down. You should look at your hole cards, but not show them to any other player.
  3. The first betting round takes place, starting with the player seated left of the big blind. He or she will fold or make a new wager. The betting round will then continue with the next player to the left, and so on, until the betting round is finished.

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  1. When the first betting round is over, each player is allowed to discard 0-5 cards and have them replaced with new cards from the deck. The player seated left of the big blind is the first to act.
  2. After the draw, the last betting round will be carried out.


All remaining players will show their cards. The player with the highest five card hand wins the pot.

Some info about 2-7 Triple Draw

Triple Draw is similar to 5 Card Draw, but your are allowed to exchange cards on three separate times instead of just once. Each time, you can discard 0-5 cards and have them replaced with new cards from the deck.

The aim of 2-7 Triple Draw is not to get the highest five card poker hand but to get the lowest five card poker hand. The ace is always high; it always count as 14 and never count as 1. Therefore, the lowest cards in a game of 2-7 Triple Draw are the two’s (deuces).

When you try to obtain a low hand, it is important to remember that a Flush or a Straight isn’t a low hand even if the numerical value of the five cards are low. The same is true for hands that contain a pair, two pairs, three of a kind or four of a kind.

Example: Sarah’s hand is 4-5-6 in hearts and 8-9 in spades. Emma’s hand is 2-3-4 in hearts and 5-6 in spades. Sarah’s hand is the lowest hand. Emma’s cards have a lower numerical value, but it is a straight.

Why is this game called 2-7 Triple Draw? Because the lowest possible hand is 2-3-4-5-7 and there are three card exchanges (draws).

If there is only one draw allowed, the game is called 2-7 Single Draw instead. This is a much more uncommon poker variant than 2-7 Triple Draw.