Draw Poker Games

editor Poker Games

Acepots
This is five-card draw with an opening requirement similar to Jackpots. The deck includes one joker, which can represent any card. Five cards are dealt face down to each player. There is a betting round, but a player must have at least a pair of aces to place the first bet. If no one opens the betting round, the deal is passed out as follows: The dealer collects everyone’s cards but leaves their antes in the pot. The deck is shuffled, each player antes again and the game is redealt with the same opening requirement. This process repeats until someone bets with at least two aces. After the first betting round, each player may replace any of his five cards with new ones dealt from the deck. There is a final betting round, followed by the showdown in which the best high hand wins the pot. The average winning hand is three-of-a-kind, but remember that the player who opened was dealt at least two aces.

All For One or One For All
Start this with five cards down to each player. Bet. Each player, starting to the dealer’s left and continuing clockwise, may choose to either draw one more card or trade in all his cards for an equal number of replacements. Rounds of betting and drawing/exchanging continue, the leader rotating each time, until there are fewer cards in the deck than players left in the game. The winner is the one with the high hand.

Draw with a Widow
This game is a five card draw variation. After each player is dealt five cards, two cards are dealt face down. After each player discards and bets the widow cards are turned over one at a time, each followed by a round of betting.

Kings and Little Man
Basic five card draw rules apply,(4 dis-cards w/ an ACE). Kings and the lowest card in your hand are wild. 5 of a kind beats a royal flush.

Straight Draw Poker
This is basic 5-Card Draw, only checking is not allowed. Five cards are dealt face down to each player. There is a betting round, in which the first player to the dealer’s left must either bet or drop out of the pot. Each active player may then discard and replace up to all five of his cards from the deck. There is a final betting round played “pass and out,” where checking again is not allowed. The highest hand in the showdown wins, which is usually two pairs or better.

Shotgun
This game combines draw poker dealing with stud poker betting. Each player receives three cards face down, followed by a betting round. Two more face-down cards are dealt to each active player, with a betting round after each card. Then each player in turn may discard and replace any of his five cards as in five-card draw. After a final betting round, the highest hand wins. The strengths of hands are the same as in five-card draw, with two pairs winning most pots.

Lowball
Also known as California Lowball, Draw Poker for Low, and 5-Card Draw for Low, this is the most popular form of poker played for the lowest-ranking poker hand. Five cards are dealt face down to each player. There is a betting round, after which each player may discard and replace any of his five cards with the goal of making an even worse poker hand. A good low poker hand contains no pairs, and your highest card should be a ten or lower. The best possible low hand is the “bicycle,” or “little wheel” (5-4-3-2-Ace). Straights and flushes are ignored, and aces are low only.

Blind Opening
Also known as called English Poker, Australian Poker and Blind Tiger, this game is based on five-card draw except that the player at the dealer’s left must open the pot and the next player must raise. The game is necessarily played “pass and out” (checking is not allowed) before the draw but “pass and back in” after the draw. Because of the mandatory bets, the odds favored by the pot are so attractive that usually several players stay in. This game also employs some special poker hands, called dogs and cats. You’ll need at least two pairs to win.

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