20 years ago, if you organized a poker night for your friends or local rounders, most of them would have brushed up on their 5-card poker strategy to prepare for a night of “dealer’s choice” games: 5-Card Draw, 5-Card Stud, and 7-Card Stud variants … with maybe a few rounds of Texas Holdem or Omaha to mix it up. Ironically, 5-card poker—the mother of all poker games—has almost become obsolete in most casinos and home games these days. However, “back home” in Austin and Houston, Texas, there’s always a dealer’s-choice game in town.

In the future, if there is a demand to learn about other five-card poker variants (e.g., “Jacks or Better, Trips to Win,” deuces wild, Pai Gow, Kansas City lowball (2-7), etc.), I’ll be glad to cover these games in the poker-strategy blog. Just let us know.

Tips for Increasing Your Win-Rate in 5-Card Poker

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  • Fixed-Limit: have approximately  300 to 350 “big bets” in your total allotted “risk capital.”
  • Pot-Limit: have approximately 30-50 buy-ins for the respective cash-game level you regularly play.
  • Table buy-in recommendations:
    • Fixed Limit 5-Card Draw: 15 bets recommended … 9 bets minimum stack size
    • Fixed Limit 5-Card Stud: 20 big bets recommended … 13 bets minimum stack size
    • Pot Limit or No Limit 5-Card Poker: match the table’s big stack if you have an edge, or buy in for the average to get your feet wet (see 6-max Texas Hold’em Bankroll Management)
  • Never watch the board or look at your pocket cards when the cards are being dealt … watch your opponents!
  • Against “unknowns,” sit to the left of the player with the most chips.
  • Sit right of weak tight-aggressive players (TAGs) and left of LAGs/maniacs.

 

5-Card Poker Basics

  • 5-Card Poker general rules and overview: 5-card draw and 5-card stud
  • Hand Ranking: the basis of almost all poker games you know
  • Antes (~10% to 50% of the limit): may also be played with blinds as in Texas Hold ’em
  • 2 betting rounds in 5-card draw poker (before and after the draw): general 3-raise limit (i.e., 4 bets per round)
  • 4 betting rounds in 5-card stud (2nd to 5th street): general 3-raise limit
  • Position in draw poker: player immediately left of dealer or big blind is always first to act
  • Position in stud: player with the worst up-hand opens or “completes” in the first round of betting; best up-hand opens all other streets
  • Normally 6 players per table in 5-card draw (absolute maximum of 7 – w/potential re-shuffles)
  • Online poker resources & recommended reading

 

General 5-Card Poker Statistics

5-Card Hands: High

5-Card Hands # Hands in 5 Cards Probability (as a %) Odds Against
Royal Flush 4 0.000% 649,739 : 1
Straight Flush 36 0.001% 72,192 : 1
Four of a Kind 624 0.024% 4,164 : 1
Full House 3,744 0.144% 693 : 1
Flush 5,108 0.197% 508 : 1
Straight 10,200 0.392% 254 : 1
Three of a Kind 54,912 2.113% 46 : 1
Two Pair 123,552 4.754% 20 : 1
One Pair 1,098,240 42.257% 1.4 : 1
No Hand 1,302,540 50.118% 0.9953 : 1
Total 2,598,960 100.0%

Source: http://www.durangobill.com/Poker_Probabilities_5_Cards.html

 

5-Card Hands: Low

5-Card LOW Hands # LOW Hands in 5 Cards Probability (as a %) Odds Against
5-high 1,024 0.039% 2537.1 : 1
6-high 5,120 0.197% 506.6 : 1
7-high 15,360 0.591% 168.2 : 1
8-high 35,840 1.380% 71.5 : 1
9-high 71,680 2.760% 35.2 : 1
10-high 129,024 4.960% 19.2 : 1
Jack-high 215,040 8.270% 11.1 : 1
Queen-high 337,920 13.000% 6.7 : 1
King-high 506,880 19.500% 4.1 : 1
Total 1,317,888 50.697%

Source: http://www.durangobill.com/LowballPoker/Lowball_Poker_5_cards.html

 

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