Five Card Draw Variations

Five Card Draw has been around for at least a couple hundred years and countless variations of the game have come and gone over the years. Some of these variations have become extremely popular over the years and are even played today in casinos for real money. Others have remained in home game territory and yet others have disappeared altogether.

Deuce to Seven Triple Draw Lowball

This is one of the most popular variations of 5 Card Draw and many people play this game for real money. In 2-7 triple draw, there are 3 drawing rounds instead of 1 and each drawing round is followed by a round of betting. The object of 2-7 triple draw is to get as close as possible to the worst possible poker hand: 2-3-4-5-7

For a hand to qualify as low in this game, it cannot contain a straight, flush or a pair. Aces are always considered high. When ranking hands, a hand is only as good as its highest card. If two hands tie with the same high card, then the second highest card is used, and so on.

A-5 Triple Draw Lowball

This game is played with the same setup and betting structure as 2-7 Triple Draw. The goal is to get the 5 lowest cards possible but the rules for doing so are a little different. Aces count as low and straights and flushes do not count against your hand. The best possible hand in A-5 Triple Draw is the “wheel,” or A-2-3-4-5.

Five Card Draw with Wild Cards

The name pretty much sums it up. This variation is played just like traditional 5 Card Draw except there are wild cards. In some games, deuces are always wild and in other games the dealer gets to choose wild cards at the beginning of each hand before the cards are dealt.

You’ll have to be careful when you play this version because your opponents can have almost anything. Oh – and there’s one other thing. Because of the wild cards, you’ll have to add an extra hand at the top of the list: 5 of a kind.

Blind and Straddle

For the true gamblers out there, Blind and Straddle is the perfect combination of skill and luck. The only difference in this Five Card Draw variant is that there’s an extra round of betting at the beginning of the hand before any cards are dealt. We’re not talking about antes or blinds here but a real betting round in which players can bet and raise at will before the flop. If you want to play, you’re going to have to pay.

Spanish Five Card Draw

Spanish Five Card Draw is played by removing all cards ranked 6 or lower from the deck and then playing normal 5 Card Draw. This will make it easier to make big, high ranking hands and generate action. It turns what some people consider a slow paced game into an exciting, fast-paced game.

Double Draw

If you know how to play Five Card Draw, this is probably the easiest variant to learn. All you do in Double Draw is play like normal except throw in an extra discard-and-draw phase followed by a round of betting.

Triple Draw

You can probably guess what this game is all about. It’s just like normal Five Card Draw except players get three chances to discard and draw instead of just one chance. This makes high hands more likely, it adds extra betting to the game and generally just makes it more exciting.


In Baseball, 3’s and 9’s are wild and if any player gets a 4, that player can reveal the 4 to receive an extra card. It gets its name because there are 3 outs and 9 innings in baseball.


In Trees, players get a trade phase instead of a drawing phase. During the trade phase, the players may trade as many cards as they wish with other players at the table. The only rules are that players cannot reveal their cards to each other before trading and the players must always trade an equal number of cards. The trading phase continues for as long as the players at the table need.

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