View Full Version : 5 card draw

09-24-2005, 03:32 AM
To warm up for hold'em, I sometimes play a round of 5 card draw.

Now my question: If I hold a pair and a high card, is it better to draw 3 cards and to hope for trips, or is it better to draw only 2 cards and hope for trips or two pair?

If I would suggest, 2 pair is high enough to win, where are my chances to improve the hand higher?

09-24-2005, 10:20 AM
If 2-pair will win, then it is better to draw to it.
Odds to hit trips when taking 3 cards: C(45,3)/C(47,3)= ~13%
Odds of hititng 2 pair or trips when taking 2 cards: C(42,2)/C(47,2)= ~21%.

09-25-2005, 12:39 AM
Ups, I forgot one possibility in my question.

If I take 3 cards, then I also have the chance to draw to two pair, if two of the drawing cards are the same. How does this affect the odds, when drawing 3 cards?