Pre-Flop betting options in 5-Card Draw poker games
Before any cards have been dealt, there must be a pre-flop bet to initiate play. In 5-Card Draw poker, there are two opposing approaches that players can take to pre-flop betting.
Before any cards are dealt, 5-Card Draw poker players are required to either put an ‘ante’ into the pot or play using a ‘blind’ system like the one used in Texas Hold ‘Em and some other common poker variations.
5-Card Draw poker games have three different limit formats: fixed-limit, pot-limit, and no-limit.
An ante is a game entry fee which goes into the winning pot. The ante system is the most commonly used pre-flop betting option when it comes to 5-Card Draw.
According to the 5-Card Draw ante rules, each poker player must pay a fixed amount of money, or ‘ante,’ before the dealer issues any cards.
The blinds system is commonly used in poker games such as Texas Hold’em. However, you will still find plenty of 5-Card Draw tables which use blinds as a pre-flop bet.
In poker games using the blinds system, the two players sitting to the dealer’s left (referred to as the ‘blind’ and the ‘big blind’) are obliged to put forward pre-flop bets.
The big blind and the blind are the only two players required to bet at this point in the game.
The value of blind and big blind bets depend on the limits of the game, the rules of a poker platform or the players themselves. A Big blind bet is typically double the amount of the first blind bet.