5 Card Draw Poker: Playable Hands

One of the difficulties that 5 Card Draw players face during the game is knowing which hands to play. This is especially true if you are used to playing other Poker games. What you should realize is that the hands used in variants like Texas Holdem cannot apply in this game.

The 5 Card Draw hands that you can play depends a great deal on your position with regards to the dealer. If you are in the early position you should call or raise with at least a pair of Queens. While this may seem like a step requirement,

this is due to the fact that there are only six players in the game and also fewer betting rounds (usually only two).

If you are in the middle position, you can expand your 5 Card Draw hands to include Tens and Jacks. Of course, being on the button offers you the most flexibility.

Not only do you get to play with more hands, but you should also remember that on the button, regardless of what hand you are holding (as long as it is not garbage), you should raise if no one else had. This is as good a time to take the pot down quickly and efficiently.

When you are trying to draw the flush hands in 5 Card Draw Poker, make certain that you do so only if you are next to the dealer or on the button yourself. Also, there should be callers and not raisers. If you are going to go after the straight, make certain that it is not an inside straight. An open ended straight is the one to go after in 5 Card Draw.

Of course, the hands that you play in 5 Card Draw Poker will also depend on the table that you are in. If they are very loose, then you can widen your selection. You will be able to gauge this based on the hands that your opponents reveal at the showdown. Also, you can get an idea based on their action and behavior during the game itself.

The secret to winning in Poker rests on the hands you play, and how you play them. That definitely applies to 5 Card Draw Poker.

The fact that you cannot see what you opponents are holding makes the hand selection more crucial. By knowing how and what to play, you will be able to take home more pots.


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