Draw Poker is a variant of poker where players get have at least one opportunity to discard a certain number of cards from their hand in exchange for new cards from the deck, in the hope of getting something better. The draw of the cards allows players to guess what hand the player has based on how many cards they draw, but it is still anyone’s guess what they really have.
Either the dealer or the PokerStars house rules will determine how many cards a player can draw and how many times a player can draw. For example, “Two draws of two cards” means that players can draw four cards in two opportunities. They can draw three and then one, or any combination. The principal restriction on the number of cards to draw is the number of players, to ensure that there are enough cards if every player chooses to exercise the maximum number of cards on each draw.
The sky might be the limit in Draw Poker games, but players or the house will also have to decide how man cards in the hand of poker. You could be playing five or seven card draw poker, the different being more than just the number of hole cards and open cards, but also the number of betting rounds – and suddenly, you might need more chips to stay in the game.
In Draw poker, the dealer is also free to designate (before they look at their own hole cards) what the wild cards are: Twos and threes for example. This means that any player with a two or a three in their hand actually has any card in a 52-card pack that they desire. The more wilds, the better your hand needs to be to have a fighting chance, making the game much more interesting.
For example, “Deuces wild” will produce some modest PokerStars.net hands, where as “Pregnant Threes” creates twelve wild cards where will produce for some very competitive hands where anything less than four of a kind will stand virtually no chance of winning the hand.
The typical game of draw poker game involves an initial round of betting, followed by one round of additional betting for each draw. There is always one extra round of betting after the last draw of cards to keep players “honest” by paying their dues to stay in to the end.
The two most common variants found in draw poker are “pay for your draw” and “Roll’em.” In the former, it helps increase the pot and keep the hands lower as there is a “price” on each card you draw and change. The later changes the game at the showdown, where every player places their hand face down and reveals one card. The highest card showing starts a betting round, until the entire hand or a certain number of cards are showing. Roll’em adds a Stud element to the game with up to four betting rounds being added, potentially doubling, even tripling the pot.