Draw Phase Rules in the Standard Five-Card Draw

A draw poker game refers to any poker variant in which all the poker players receive a complete hand. Each poker player is dealt with five face-down cards and as each poker player picks them up, each must make sure that none of the other poker players have the opportunity to see these cards. Then, the poker player tries to form the best hand out of the cards he is dealt with. The deck with unused cards is set aside and protected by a chip placed on top of it.

When all the poker players receive their cards, the first begins. This betting round starts with player who is seated to the left of the dealer. The poker player who folds is considered out of the game. The player who wishes to stay in the game must bet.

After the betting round, if only one poker player is left, he automatically wins the pot. But if there is more than one player left, which is usually the case, the draw phase begins. This draw phase is the reason why the poker variant is described as “draw poker”.

In the draw phase, each poker player seeks to improve his hand. This is done by replacing his cards. To replace the cards, a poker player must clearly state the number of cards that he wanted to replace. Then, he discards that specific number of cards from his hand. Once the cards are discarded, the dealer retrieves the deck of unused cards, deals the burn card and then gives the number of face-down cards that each poker player has specified.

After this draw phase, the second betting round occurs. Usually, poker players who were unable to improve their cards fold. But if there are more than one poker player left after the second betting round, the next thing that happens is a showdown. In such a showdown, the poker players reveal their cards and their hands are compared. The winning pot is awarded to the best hand.

However, there may be some glitches that will be encountered in the draw phase. That is, the deck stub may run out of cards. To prevent this from happening, there are specific rules that are applied. In draw poker games held at home or in various social gathering, there is a rule that prohibits a poker player from drawing more than three cards, unless he will get four cards and the remaining fifth card is either an Ace or a wild card.

In casinos, a poker player may draw more than three cards. But he is not allowed to draw five consecutive cards. That is, a poker player may replace all of his five cards but these are not dealt to him consecutively. What actually happens is that the poker player is dealt four cards first, then the dealer takes care of the other poker players who make their draws. Afterwards, the dealer returns to the first poker player and deals the fifth replacement card.

To solve the problem of depleting the deck stub, the dealer utilizes the already discarded card. For example, with two cards remaining in the deck and one poker player wanted three replacement cards, the dealer gives the top card and then retrieves the discarded cards and shuffles the new deck. Then, he deals the remaining two cards. Such a process ensures that the poker players will always get their cards.