This is one of the oldest versions of poker; it is usually played in limit version with two to nine players. It originated during the American civil war. It is less played today, though still played in some parts of the world. It is played in Finland, it also known as Scandinavian stud or Canadian stud.
Each player receives a hole card, that one is set face down and aside from that one card that is set face up on the table, which is followed by a round of betting. First bet is traditionally first player left of the dealer, however in the newer versions of five card stud, which are represented in online versions of the game all players bet the same amount pregame (ante), and then the person with the lowest face up cards is must bring in (which means pay half of the limit), which is usually the amount one third to one half of the small blind. After that, betting continues according to the standard poker rules.
After the whole round of betting all the remaining players (those who haven’t folded yet) receive another face up card, after which second round of betting occurs. After that betting round, same as before, all remaining players receive another face up card, followed by third betting round and a fourth face up card, of course again only for players who are still in the game. Fourth betting round is the final, and after that one all players turn their face down card so that everyone can see it, and the player with the best hand wins. In case only one player was left in the game and no one else chose to follow him, he automatically wins and has no obligation to show his card or to compare his hand to anyone else’s.
Five card draw is one of the oldest, if not the oldest variant of poker. It reached its peak during the nineteenth century, but at the beginning of twentieth it was partially forgotten due to other variants, such as the five card stud, seven card stud and the Texas hold ‘em. But the game partially returned to its fame in California during the seventies when Texas hold ‘em was banned. But after the ban was abolished it was almost completely taken out of professional poker play. Nevertheless, it remains one of the most beloved game for poker amateurs and home games, and therefore also lives in some online poker rooms.
Players set aside forced bets (ante) at the beginning of each round, and the dealer or croupier deals five cards to each player. Then the players proceed with a round one of betting. After every player, who hasn’t folded, starting on the player to the left of the dealer, and going clockwise, has a right to change between zero and five cards from his hands (in some amateur games, a player is allowed to keep an ace and switch four cards, or to switch three cards if he doesn’t hold any aces). After the card switching, players begin another round of betting, starting again from the player to the left of the dealer (if he is still in the game, if not the first player to the left who is). After that betting the cards are all turned face up and the best hand wins.