Updated In September, 2016 - Five card draw is a popular online (and offline) poker game in any variation, including Fixed Limit 5 Card Draw. The reason that so many folks like 5 Card Draw is because it has a simple structure that is easy to understand and easy to play. Those who are new to poker play online should consider beginning their play with Fixed Limit 5 card draw to learn the ropes of playing in an online atmosphere. Fixed Limit 5 Card Draw Poker is essentially the same as traditional five card draw except for how bets are placed and how large those bets can be. So let's use the betting process to explain the rules of the game and look at the differences between Fixed Limit 5 Card Draw and No Limit 5 Card Draw. Below I have added some links to our other 5 Card Draw related articles. I also run web sites about 7 Card Stud and Horse Poker.
Most 5 card poker games begin with each player placing a predetermined amount -- the ante -- into the pot. This is the same for 2-7 Triple Draw and 2-7 Single Draw are played. The idea is to make the pot worth winning! But there is no ante in Fixed Limit 5 Card Draw Poker. Instead, the pot is seeded using blind bets. There are big blinds and small blinds, determined by the fixed upper and lower limits of the game. The limits are agreed upon before the game by the players in the case of a neighborhood game, or by the "house" in the case of a casino or an online game. Before the cards are dealt, the player in the small position to serve as the small blind -- immediately to the left of the physical dealer or to the left of the dealer button in an online game -- places the low limit bet into the pot.
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The amount is equal to one half of the lower limit. So in a $1/$2 game the amount of the bet would be $.50. The player to the left that player is known as the big blind and he or she enters an amount equal to the lower limit into the pot. In our example game the bet made by the big blind would be $1. Now five cards are dealt to each player and each player bets on his or her cards, in turn. Players can either fold -- lay down their cards and quit the game -- call -- bet an amount equal to the big blind -- or raise -- bet twice the amount of the upper limit, or big blind. In the instance outlined above, a call bet would be $2 and a raised bet would be $4.
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Each player now has the option of keeping their cards -- standing pat -- or discarding as many cards of the five cards they were dealt as they like and drawing new cards. The player to the left of the dealer is the first to draw and the process continues until all players have had the chance to stand pat or draw.
In this betting round of Fixed Limit 5 Card Draw Poker players can "check" -- not bet but remain in the game, fold, call, or raise. Bets are now fixed at the upper limit --$2 in our example game. Once someone has placed a bet all players must call, raise, or fold. There can be no more than three raises in any betting round.
For all the players remaining in the game after the final betting round, it's Showdown time. Players lay their cards down on the table and the best hand wins. In the rare circumstance where there are two hands of the same value, the pot is split between the two winners. Enjoy your game of Fixed Limit 5 Card Draw Poker.