Triple Draw

In this game players have three opportunities to improve their hand. The maximum number of players for this game is six.

Normally it is played with blinds: the player to dealer’s left posts a small blind, and the next player to the left posts a big blind, equal to the minimum bet for the game.

The dealer deals five cards to each player and there is a round of betting beginning to the left of the big blind. As usual in games with blinds, the big blind player is allowed to raise even if the others have all folded or called. Then in clockwise order, starting to dealer’s left, players may discard any number of cards and are dealt replacements. There is a second round of betting begun by the first active player to dealer’s left. This is followed by a second opportunity to discard and draw, a third round of betting, a third discard and draw, and a fourth round of betting. In a fixed limit game, the size of the bet is normally doubles after the second draw, so that the last two rounds have big bets.

It happens fairly often in this game that the dealer runs out of cards. In this case all the discarded cards (the „muck“) are shuffled and cut to form a new deck from which replacement cards are dealt to players who are still waiting to draw.