Draw poker is considered to be the progenitor of such popular versions of this game as stud poker, Texas hold'em, and others. Currently, this poker is not so common at casinos. However many gamblers enjoy playing it in an informal setting. Participants play against each other and can do it without the dealer, dealing cards in turn.
A standard 52-card deck without jokers is used in this game. There are special Draw poker tables, but it can be played at various poker tables, or even at home.
Aim of the Game
The aim of Draw poker is to win the pot by collecting a poker hand whose rank is superior to the ranks of the opponents' poker hands, or by forcing them to fold.
Standard poker hands are valid in Draw poker. We are going to enumerate them in descending order: a royal flush, straight flush, four of a kind, full house, flush, straight, three of a kind (tris), two pairs, pair, and high card.
Neither jokers nor wild cards are used in this version of poker.
Comparison of Hands
The hands are compared according to the standard poker rules. Suits are irrelevant. The hands consisting of cards of the same ranks are considered to be equal. Read more detailed information about the rules for comparing the hands in an article about the rules for Oasis Poker.
The cards in Draw poker are dealt by the croupier. However he places a special marker (button) in front of one of the players, which means that this player becomes the dealer. The cards are initially dealt to the player who is sitting next to the button. Before the beginning of the round all the players make bets of the established size, which form the initial pot. After that, the croupier deals them face-down cards one by one until each player receives five cards.
Then the first round of betting starts. The player who is sitting directly next to the dealer (button) starts it. He may miss his turn, bet (the minimum and maximum size of this bet is discussed below), or fold. If he misses the turn, the next player may take any of the decisions mentioned above. If someone bets, the others can call, raise, or fold. Betting ends when all participants, who want to keep playing, call.
After that, the active players may exchange any number of cards for free. This is followed by the second round of betting, which occurs according to the same rules. If the deck does not have enough cards for exchanges, the discarded cards are shuffled, and the deal continues.
The round finished with the showdown, comparison of hands, and determination of the winner, who becomes the owner of the pot. If two or more players have the hands of the same rank, the pot is split between them.