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Five card draw beginner mistakes



When you start playing five card draw you’ll no doubt commit some of the beginner mistakes which we’re going too look over throughout this article. It’s important when you’re playing any poker game that you limit your mistakes when playing. In order to limit your mistakes though you’re going to need to know what mistakes are commonly made by beginner five card draw players.

Have Patience

Most players who play five card draw are use to other poker games and therefore they don’t have much patience. In five card draw you don’t get many options to make a good hand and you need to be able to display patience to be successful. Without patience in five card draw you’ll be basically throwing your money away.

Play Tight

You need to play a tight game which relates to having patience. Set in place strict guidelines for the starting hands that you’ll play in five card draw and follow them. Many players will call small raises and bets because it’s only a small bet, but over time if you don’t win any of these pots it can add up and your bankroll will reflect this. We have a list of starting hands you should follow in five card draw and you can view that article in our strategy archive.

Switch Styles

Try to avoid setting an image for yourself at the table, to do this you need to keep switching up your playing style every so often. Don’t always fold when you have nothing and don’t always raise when you have a good hand. Try mixing things up with a couple bluffs or slow-plays and you should keep your opponents on there toes and guessing which is much better then being a predictable five card draw player.

Move Up Slow

Start small and move up as your game becomes better. If you’re a new player to five card draw then there is no reason why you should play the same stakes as you do at let’s say Holdem. If you regularly play $5/$10 at Holdem you’re not going to be able to survive at these stakes on the five card draw tables in the beginning. Start out at the $1/$2 tables and keep track of how much you’re making or losing. Once you start pulling in steady profits from the low limit five card tables then you can consider moving up to high limits. The same goes if you’re playing tournaments make sure you display bankroll management skills or else you’ll be in trouble. One of the biggest problems all poker players have is managing there bankrolls properly so that it doesn’t run out when they have a bad run.

These are some of the simple beginner mistakes that five card draw players make when there new to the game and you should make sure you try avoiding them from the very beginning. The earlier you build habits to avoid these mistakes the better off you’ll be and the less difficult it’ll be to avoid. Once you fall into one of these mistakes you’ll have a tougher time kicking the habit.

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