The basic 5 card draw rules are fairly simple. First, each player receives two cards face up from the starting hand and four cards from the pot (the top card). Next, each player may call, raise or fold. There is currently no limit on how many hands a player can have. However, if a player has an over-pair, i.e., one card of each pair and no single card, they are out of their match and must start again with four from the pot, rather than two.
In five card draw rules, a player may call when they have passed the second betting round, which means that they have an over-pair. Once all players have passed the fifth round, then only must a player call if they have not yet bet. If after all players have passed the fifth round, then only must a player call if they have not yet raised, and only then may they go ahead and raise.
Each player is dealt four cards face down, and four different piles of cards are dealt out to each side of the table. At this point it is customary for the dealer to shuffle the deck for the final betting round. After the betting round, the dealer then deals the “blinds” (the four cards dealt from the top into the middle of the table), and deals again. After that, each player is dealt three cards face-up, and another three cards face-down on the table.
Now we are at the betting round. The dealer will deal three cards face-up, and then place the “over-aces” in front of them. In a standard 52 card deck there are eighty such cards, and these are called the Ace-beside-bee pattern. There are forty-two ace-beys. After the betting round, the dealer will shuffle the deck again, but this time deal only fifty two cards – the regular fifty one card deck.
In the 5 card draw game each player receives three cards face up, and the dealer deals five cards face down. These are called blinds. The blinds are used to help prevent collusion among players – if you know that somebody is about to get an ace, you may call without looking.
In summary, the 5 card draw rules can be simple or complex depending upon how you wish to play the game. You can always start with simple rules, and then as your skills improve, switch to more complex rules. Remember that the objective of a solver is to remove the highest cards, and this can be done by having a strategy using high card ranking. But remember that the most important factor in winning is getting more pairs than any other number – so build your strategy using high card rank!