Whatever Became Of Draw Poker?


Draw poker used to be the biggest game in town. Wild Bill Hickok was playing draw when he was murdered – shot in the back of the head – eighty years to the day before I was born. There must be a moral in that story, but it’s far too late for me to heed it now.

The biggest game in town is now of course no limit hold ’em, don’t ask me why. There are though a few sites on which draw poker can be found, including pot limit draw.

The following screengrabs are all from actual play; they are in chronological order as far as possible. I’ve only ever won one draw poker tournament, a $3 rebuy on Gutshot more years ago than I care to remember. I do remember though that it took me a rebuy. That I haven’t won more draw poker tournaments is not because I’m such a terrible player, rather because I don’t play the game much.

March 22, 2012: A pat house.

March 22, 2012: Quad sixes.

March 22, 2012: Quad sevens.

March 22, 2012: A players makes a flush behind a pat house. You’d have thought with this sort of luck I would have cashed. Alas...

September 10, 2012: A pat house.

September 10, 2012: Winning with a flush.

September 10, 2012: A flush dominates 3 kings while quads win the smaller main pot.

September 17, 2012: A pat house.

September 17, 2012: An uncalled flush.

September 17, 2012: Almost a straight flush. Uncalled.

September 17, 2012: One card drawn.

September 17, 2012: A full house, uncalled.

September 17, 2012: A top straight, uncalled.

September 18, 2012: An uncalled straight – made by drawing one card.

September 19, 2012: I made the draw but wasn’t called.

September 19, 2012: A pat straight, uncalled.

September 19, 2012: Discard one card to make a flush.

September 19, 2012: Full house, uncalled.

September 19, 2012: Two pair improve to a house. Uncalled.

[The above article was published as a blog on October 23, 2012 originally with 16 screengrabs. Later, 3 more were added. The hand for September 10, 2012 won by quad deuces was originally miscaptioned; that has been corrected here. The quads won the main pot while the flush beat 3 kings winning the side pot. Both short stacks were all-in.]

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