Poker game rules in draw poker
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This very old and popular game originated in the UK. Its popularity is partly due to the fact that the basic poker rules are relatively easy to understand, and that you have the chance of winning some very large sums of money.
This page describes the basic rules of draw poker. Although this form of poker is not played at most online casinos, we have decided to still provide a general description of it, simply because all other forms of poker are merely variations of the basic rules that apply here. So if you understand the basic rules, you can then learn to play all the other types of poker in a matter of minutes.
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How to play draw poker
In draw poker, which is basic poker, a standard deck of 52 cards is used (53 if you play with the joker).
Before dealing the cards, each player must add a pre-agreed amount to the pot. Next, 5 cards are dealt to each player, all facing downwards, and the remaining cards are placed in a pile in the middle of the table.
The players each look at their cards and assess their value according to the various card combinations listed below. Depending on how good/bad the cards are, you can either bet an amount for the pot, so add more money to the pot, or decide to throw your cards. (i.e. quit the game). Those players who choose to put money in the pot will - following the end of the betting round - have the chance to swap as many of their cards they want with cards from the pile on the table.
Once all cards have been swapped, you continue with the second betting round. When this betting round has finished, i.e. everyone has either bet the same or quit, the winner is the player with the best card combination according to the "Poker hand ranking" table here.