Basic Draw Poker

Number of Players: 2 - 6
Type of Dominoes Used: CARDominoes
Type of Game: Card Game
Requirements: One set of CARDominoes without Jokers

Winning Hand Combinations: (Ranked as best to least in descending order):

  1. Royal Straight Flush: a hand containing 10, J, Q, K, and A of the same suite
  2. Straight Flush: any five tiles of the same suite in sequential order
  3. Four-of-a-kind: a hand containing four tiles of the same rank
  4. Full House: a hand containing three-of-a-kind and a pair
  5. Flush: a hand consisting of five tiles of matching suit
  6. Straight: any five tiles in sequential order (not necessarily of the same suit)
  7. Three-of-a-kind: a hand containing three tiles of the same rank
  8. Two Pair: a hand containing two pairs
  9. One Pair: a hand containing two rank matching tiles
  10. High Card: if no player retains a winning hand (1 through 9), the winner is determined by the player with the single highest ranked card.

Basic Instructions: The CARDomino tiles are placed face down and generously shuffled. Each player chooses five tiles from the stockpile as their hand. Each player examines his hand with the "winning hand combinations" in mind. The first round of betting begins as described in the betting section below. Each player then is allowed a single round of discarding and exchanging of tiles from their hand for tiles from the stockpile. For each tile discarded, a tile is chosen from the stockpile as a replacement. A player may discard and exchange up to three of his CARDominoes, unless the player holds an Ace, in which case the player declares the Ace to the other players, and then may discard and exchange four tiles. The discarded tiles are not placed back into the original stockpile, but into a separate pile at a distance. After final round of betting, all players that have not folded reveal their hands. The winner is the player with the highest ranked winning hand combination as shown above. If two players are tied with hands of the same winning combinations, the player with the higher ranked tiles is declared the winner.

Betting: At the beginning of the game, each player is dealt a given amount of chips. Before a "hand" or round begins, all players who wish to participate in the round must place an initial stake or ante into the "pot," the amount of which is agreed upon beforehand. The "pot" is the collection of chips that are bet during a hand, and is usually located in the middle of the table. The winner of a hand collects the entire pot. Betting begins with the player to the left of the dealer (the player that shuffled the tiles) and proceeds in a clockwise order. Any player that wishes to bet and raise the stakes (if chances of winning are good) may place as many additional chips that he would like to bet into the pot. Players may choose to remain in the game by matching the bet or raising it higher, and players may choose to "fold," forfeiting their hand and their stake/ante in this round. Betting continues until all players call. A "call" means that a player matches the bets with his own bet and is staying in the game at that level. Betting proceeds around the table in this manner:

  1. Players who have folded are out for the round and do not participate;
  2. Every player that does not fold must either match the total bet or raise the bet;
  3. Players who have "called" must either match subsequent raises or must fold. A player that has "called" cannot raise the bet;
  4. While at least two players are still in the round and have not "called" any of those players may raise the bet;
  5. If one person raises the bet and all others call or fold, that person cannot raise his own bet again.

Wild Tiles: A simple variation may be played to draw poker with the addition of wild tiles. The jokers are commonly used as wild tiles. Otherwise, a certain rank may be designated as wild {i.e. Aces wild or deuces wild). Wild tiles may be used as a tile of any rank and any suit as the player sees fit to better his hand.

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