Poker draw (or closed poker): the rules of the game, the instructions for use step by step

Poker draw: the principle

Closed poker was until the appearance of poker on the internet the most popular poker variant in the world. This is also one of the stereotypes of far west, many times seen in the western. 

The far west has also left another mark in the history of poker draw: the “dead man’s hand” means indeed a pair of As-8, the hand that possessed Wild Bill Hickock when he was shot on August 2 1876.

Since poker draw has been supplanted by Texas holdem poker made famous and popular by internet. Nevertheless closed poker remains the reference of poker, with a relatively simple game formula

The principle of poker draw is to constitute the best hand with five cards closed and privative (visible and usable only by their holder). Each player puts on his hand and can possibly change cards.

 Among the players who have followed the two rounds of betting, the winner is the one who has the strongest hand during the slaughter.


The course of the game

At the beginning of the hand, the dealer (or the dealer on his behalf) distributes one by one to the players five closed and private cards, distributed.

 The player placed directly to the left of the dealer pays the small blind, which is half of the base bet. The next player on the left pays the big blind, equivalent to the basic bet. An auction round begins. 

The next player is talking. He can at his convenience go to bed (thus giving up the hand), follow (paying the current bet), or raise (increasing the current bet of once the basic bet). The other players turn in turn, in the sense of clockwise, with the same possibilities.

 The only exception is the player in the big blind position, who can say “word” in the case where no raise has been made:
At the end of this round of betting, players can ask to exchange once as many cards as they want (from 0 to 5 so). A second round of betting starts.

 All players can this time say “word” (or checker) in addition to the possibilities already presented (pass, follow, restart). At the end of this second and final round of bidding, we proceed to the slaughter. The pot is won by the player with the best hand among those who followed until the end of the last round of betting.

Side pots

If a player does not have enough chips to follow, he can bet all those who are left. Also if he has enough chips to follow but not enough to raise, and if he wants to raise. 

When a player goes all-in, if a bet or raise is placed by another participant, the pot is split. A pot will be won by the holder of the best hand among the players who contributed to this pot.