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Five Card Draw Poker

In this page we are going to focus on regular poker, or an Online Poker game better known as 5-Card Draw. Five card draw is the most basic and the easiest game of Poker for you to learn (we hope).

The Game:

  1. First, each player places token bet (an ante) into the pot before the cards are even dealt. The ante (yes, the token bet from last sentence) can be anything from a penny (if you are a *&^%$^&…….) to thousands of dollars (“do you feel lucky, punk?”). You need an ante because it guarantees that someone will always win something on each hand.
  2. Once all players placed their ante, the dealer deals the cards face down around the table, starting at the player to his left and continuing clockwise. The dealer (watch him carefully if he's also playing) always deals to himself last. The dealer deals everyone their first card, and then goes back around the circle to deal the second, and so on. As soon as everyone has five cards, the remainder of the deck is placed in the middle of the table, and let the games begins.
  3. Each player looks at his or her cards (make sure no one else can see yours, some people have wondering eyes), and then the first player places a bet. While there are several ways of deciding who bets first, poker experts are best off letting the player directly to the left of the dealer make the first bet. Then on the next hand, the person to his left will bet first, and so on around the table for each new hand.
  4. Players have several options as far as the first round of betting goes. If no one has made a bet yet, you have two choices.
Open: If no betting has begun when your turn comes, you may "open" the pot .This simply means that you make the first bet, it can be any amount under the betting limit (if you placed one).

Check: The opportunity to "check" only occurs if no one has yet opened the betting when it comes time for you to decide what to do. When a player checks, it means that he or she doesn't want to open the betting, but doesn't want to quit either. It basically means "I'm not going to open the betting, but I'll stick around and see what happens." (not for the adventurer types)

Now if someone opens the betting (lucky him/her). You now have three choices:

See: When you "see" another player, it means that you match their bet. So if someone bets $1 and you want to stay in the game, you have to "see" their $1 by putting $1 of your own into the pot.

Raise: When you "raise," it requires you to first "see" the previous bet, and then increase the bet. For example, if the previous person bet a nickel and you want to bet more than that, you would say "I see (match) your nickel, and raise you (increase the bet) another nickel."

Fold: When someone else opens, you can always jump ship and cut your losses. In other words, you "fold." The act of folding is to "give up," place your cards face down on the table, lose whatever you've bet so far. In other words, you give up early and lose your money (sometimes it is better safe than sorry). This option is used when you think your hand is too weak to compete.

  1. At this point, all the players who haven't folded are allowed to get rid of the cards they don't want and take some new cards. A player is permitted to get rid of up to 3 unwanted cards and receive up to 3 new ones from the deck. No one sees what anyone else discarded (threw away) or drew (got as a new card). It's all done face down. (again be careful of your peers wondering eyes)
  2. After every player draws his/hers new cards, the betting begins again. You have the option of opening or checking, and once someone opens, you can see, raise, or fold. The game ends when there are no more raises (everyone saw everyone else's bet), or everybody folds (except for the winner, of course).
  3. Now it's time for everyone to turn their cards over and see how they did in comparison to their peers (or enemies at the game, depends how you feel about them). The player with the highest hand wins the pot. Some winners have been known to laugh hysterically, dance around, yell “in your face” as they grab everyone else's money. If you do that, you're friends will despise you, yet we highly recommend it (what are you waiting for?). Enjoy the moment; your friends will hopefully get over it one day.
Now that you have learned the principals of the Five Card Draw Poker game you will want to read and learn the rest of the variations of Poker that are mentioned on Online Casinos USA Poker Game rules pages. Once you have done that all that is left for you to do is practice, practice, and than practice even more until you have perfected your game, before you start playing for some big numbers.

Good luck on your next poker game From the Online Casinos USA team

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