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WSOP: Five-Card Draw (1978 to 1982)

Five-Card Draw is another old game whose popularity has faded. The American classic was contested at the World Series of Poker only from 1978 to 1982, initially with a $5,000 buyin before dropping to $2,000 and then $1,000.

The game's numerous weaknesses led to its demise: it requires too many cards to be played by more than five or six people, it has only two betting rounds, it has no visible cards to deduce information from, and it's usually played as limit poker.

Game NameFive-Card Draw Poker (a.k.a. Limit Draw High)
Game TypeDraw
Game LimitsLimit
High or LowHigh
WSOP Years1978 to 1982
Buyins$1,000 to $5,000
Largest Field36 (1981 $1,000 event)
Notable ChampionsLakewood Louie (1978 & 1979), David Sklansky (1982)
Basic RulesAntes only. Each player is dealt five cards, and there is a round of betting. Each player can draw from zero to five cards, and there is a second round of betting.
HistoryFive-Card Draw dates back to at least the 1830s, shortly after the 52-card deck became common, allowing the addition of a draw to a simple 5-card betting game. Wild Bill Hickok was shot in the back in 1876 while playing Five-Card Draw.
NotesHome games sometimes restrict draws to three cards, four if the player shows and keeps an Ace. Most casino video poker games play Five-Card Draw.

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