Seven Card Draw Rules

The Seven Card Draw evolved from the Five Card Draw. Players of the latter saw the need for more cards to promote more strength during the showdown. From then, the Seven Card Draw came to existence. Similar to Five Card Draw, Seven Card isn't as popular as other community card games. However, it can be easily learned online.


The Seven Card Draw rules shouldn't be confused with the Seven Card Stud. It only resembles the Five Card Draw where each player is dealt with 7 cards.

In this game, player chooses his best five cards from the seven cards. Oftentimes, there are more strong hands on the play and more betting action.

Blinds and Antes

Variation of the game is the Antes and Blinds. The ante system is implemented where each of the players puts a small wager at the start of every hand. Generally, bet is ten percent of the least betting limit. Example, the antes amounts to $1 when bet were at $10.

Another variation is the blind following the principle of Texas Hold'em. In this interface, player seated at the left of the dealer gives a small blind equal to the half of the bet. While, player at the small blind's left gives the big blind equal to one minimum bet. For illustration, in a game of $10 and $20, the big blind amounts to $10 while the small blind amounts to $5

Dealer's Job

In a Seven Card Draw game, the dealer plays an important role in every game. To represent the dealer's position, a small button is used on the table. At the beginning of each hand, the button of the dealer moves one place to the left. The objective is to ensure that the blind is paid by each player. The payment is done once every orbit.

The dealer equally deal the cards from the player on the left moving clockwise until each player gets seven cards. Remember, cards are always faced down on the table. Thus, no player can have a peep on those cards.

First Betting

When each player has his seven cards, the first round of betting begins from the "small blind" player, who may declare a call, fold or raise. During this round when the low betting is done. Say for a $10/$20 game, bet should be at $10.

The movement of the game is clockwise until each player makes a bet. Every time a player increases a bet, the rest of the players have no choice but to match the raise.

Draw Option

After first betting round is done, each player can exchange 4 cards to receive new ones. However, a player who wants to keep his cards can opt not to draw. This refers to "stand-pat".

Second Betting

The first remaining player on the left side of the dealer begins the second betting. In this round, the betting limit goes higher. Therefore, in a $10/$20 game, bets raise to $20. Player may choose to bet, check or fold. Again, when a player bets higher, the rest of the players must follow.

Showdown Proper

This is the climax of the game where a winner shall be determined. Players will now lay down their best 5 cards from their 7 cards. Whoever holds the best five-card poker is the winner and takes pot prize. Whenever one player is left after the last betting round, he can take the pot instantly.