Five Card Draw 7-A
This section will inform you on gaming procedures, rules, and policies of PokerKings game of Five Card Draw 7-A.
[R] is the abbreviation for rules.
The game is played by two to five players.
Cards 2,3,4,5 and 6 have been removed. The deck contains cards from 7 to Ace. If there are five active players at the start of the hand the 6’s should also be in the deck.
Five Card Draw 7-A can be played as a Limit, Pot Limit, or No Limit game.
Button and blinds:
The game is played with a dealer button, a Small Blind and a Big Blind just like Texas Hold’em. The player to the left of the dealer posts a Small Blind and the player to the left of the Small Blind posts a Big Blind before the cards are dealt.
Five cards face down are dealt to each player.
After the deal, the first betting round starts. At the end of the first betting round, each player may discard and draw up to five cards. If there are not enough cards left in the deck, the discarded cards are shuffled and used again. After the second betting round is finished, the showdown follows.
The winner of the hand is the player who holds the highest hand according to the following ranking:
- Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Full House
- Two Pair
- One Pair
Ace can also be used as the lowest card in a straight, i.e. A-7-8-9-10 (A-6-7-8-9 in case of the 6’s being used). If the 10 high straight is suited with an ace as the lowest card, it qualifies as a Straight Flush. This also applies to the 9 high suited straight in case of the 6’s being used.
Dealing the game of Five Card Draw 7-A
Before the deal:
- Players will buy-in for the posted amount.
- Selected players will post blinds.
The dealer button:
The dealer button is a graphical representation (“D”) of which player is the dealer. Although our dealer will be dealing the game, the player who has the button placed in front of his seat gets to play his cards as if he was the actual dealer. When the cards are dealt to players, they are dealt in a manner as if the player was actually dealing in a live environment.
Because there is a player “on the button” two players are asked to post the Large and Small Blinds. The purpose of the blinds is to put forced money into the pot that gives players an incentive to enter the hand. However, only two players will post the blinds.
The first blind is called the “Small Blind.” This bet is usually half the minimum bet of the game, although in some games, the fraction is slightly different. So, in a €2-4 game the Small Blind will be €1.
The second blind is called the “Big Blind” and is always the same size as the game’s minimum bet, e.g., in a €2-4 game, the Big Blind is €2.
[R] The player directly to the left of the button will have the Small Blind. The player directly to the left of the Small Blind will have the Large blind of the full amount, or the lowest game limit.
When there is a button and a Small and Big Blind, we are ready to deal. The dealer always deals from the player closest to the dealer’s left. Moving clockwise around the table, the game will “deal-in” each player. The players will be dealt five cards face down. The player seated to the left of the Big Blind starts the round of betting.
Betting on opening deal:
[R] The player seated to the left of the Big Blind will always have the action on the opening deal. This player may not check, he can only fold, call, or raise.
Next, all players will be asked to fold, call, or raise until the game reaches the Big Blind for an action decision. If no player has raised by the time the play returns to the Big Blind, the Big Blind has the option to check his own BLIND wager or raise.
Once all players have completed the first round of wagering, they will proceed to discarding cards and drawing new cards.
After the first betting round each player is asked to discard and draw from zero to five cards. This is done by clicking on the cards that the player wants to discard. These cards will be shaded and slightly raised to indicate that they have been selected. Once the player is satisfied with the selections, cards are discarded and drawn by clicking on the DISCARD button.
A player may choose not to discard any cards. This is done by clicking the “Stand pat” button. Standing pat means no cards will be discarded and drawn.
When all players have discarded and drawn cards, the second betting round starts.
Second betting round:
The second betting round starts with the first player seated to the left of the dealer button. The options available to this player are to fold, check or bet. Should the player fold or check, the next player in turn will have the same options as the first player. If the first player bets, the next player to act will have the option of folding, calling, or raising. Before a player acts, the number of discarded cards for that player is displayed to all players. According to the rules, this information must be available until there has been action after the draw.
In Fixed-limit games there is a maximum of four bets allowed in each betting round: a bet, a raise, a re-raise, and a cap. A cap is the third raise in a betting round, after which no more betting is allowed. Pot Limit and No Limit games allow for an unlimited number of bets and raises.
After the second betting round is finished, the showdown follows.
Who shows first?
[R] The player who initiated the action, or the player who initiated the last raise or re-raise must show his cards first. This means that whoever had the last action must show his cards first.
What if a player wins by default?
[R] A player who has a winning hand does not have to show his cards if his bet was not called.
Do players have to show their cards if they call a bet on the last betting round?
[R] Players are not required to show their cards if they did not do the last action. If a player calls a bet and realizes that he cannot win, he may fold his cards.
In our poker rooms “the cards speak.” The winner will be decided based on the universal poker hand rankings.
Five Card Draw 7-A Blind Rules
[R] All players must pay for their blinds in full before they are allowed to get the button. Therefore, the player who had posted the Small Blind in the previous hand will receive the button on the next deal of any game.
If a new player joins the game, three (3) actions will occur:
- If the new player is seated to the left of the blind, he may choose to post the Big Blind or wait. If the player does post, his wager is active.
- If the new player is seated in the Big Blind, he is treated as such.
- If the player is seated between the button and any blind, he must wait for the button to pass.
Rules and procedures for missed blinds
- Missed Big Blind: If a player misses the Big Blind for any reason, he may not play in any hands until the sum of all blinds are made up. The game will place an “ML” button in that seat to indicate the missed Big Blind. The game will ask the next active player to the left to post the Big Blind for the hand. If the missed player returns to the game before the Big Blind returns to his seat, the player is required to make up the sum of all blinds (“post all”). The Small Blind portion is dead and must be put into the pot before the hand is dealt. However, a player may avoid posting dead by waiting for the Big Blind to arrive at his seat.
- Missed Small Blind: If a player misses the Small Blind for any reason, he may not play in any hands until the Small Blind is made up. The game will place an “MS” button in that seat to indicate the missed Small Blind. The game will ask the next active player to the left of the Big Blind to post a Big Blind for the hand as well. The original Big Blind player will “catch a break” and get the button on the next hand. The player who had missed the Small Blind cannot return until after the button has passed. If the missed player returns to the game before the Big Blind comes back to his seat, the player is required make up the Small Blind. The Small Blind is dead and must be put into the pot before the hand is dealt. However, a player may avoid posting dead by waiting for the Big Blind to arrive at his seat.
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