Five card draw poker is a game for two or more players. Whether you prefer a casual game with friends and family, or a high stakes match, this guide will help you get started.

Things You Will Need

A standard 52 card deck

Step 1

Pick a dealer. You will probably want to rotate the dealer responsibilities as you play more matches of five card draw poker.

Step 2

Have the dealer distribute five cards to each player. Do not give a player every card at once, rather, rotate around the table until each person has enough cards.

Step 3

Each participant should now be given a moment to review their hand and make decisions about what they would like to do.

Step 4

Players may now select as few as 0 or as many as 3 cards to trade in. They should put these cards face down on the table and move them towards the dealer. The dealer must then give each player back as many cards as they gave away. For example, if someone traded in 3 cards, they would get 3 back from the top of the deck. If they traded in 0, they would get none back.

Step 5

After the cards are exchanged, determine the winner of the game. Which five card draw poker hand beats which? Review the list below, from best hand to worst:

The royal flush is the best. It contains an ace, king, queen, jack and 10. All must be from the same suit (hearts, spades, clubs, diamonds).

The runner up is the straight flush. This is similar to the royal flush, except the 5 are not ace, king, queen, jack and 10. All numbers must be in a row, however. (2,3,4,5 and 6 or 8,9,10, jack, queen for example). In the even that two players have a straight flush in five card draw poker, the winner is the person who has the highest face card (2 being the lowst, ace being the highest).

The next best is four of a kind. This means simply four cards of the same kind. Four 9's or four 10's for example.

Following that is the full house. The full house in five card draw poker contains 3 cards of one kind and 2 cards of another kind. For example, 3 Jacks and 2 5's.

Next up is the flush: 5 cards with the same suit. (Again, the suits are diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs.)
As we continue on, there is the straight. The straight contains 5 in a row. For example, 5,6,7,8 and 9.

Below that is three of a kind, any three cards that are the same.

Next up is two pairs. Doubles of any two cards.

The one pair hand in five card draw poker is a double of any particular card (for example, ace). In the event of a tie, the player with the highest pair wins. For example, tens beats fives.

If no player has any of these, the winner is determined by whoever has the single highest card.

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