Let’s talk about a special rule, a house rule,
that you’ll typically find in five card draw games. Basically, it is applied more at home
games than it is in a casino, poker room or a card room. It’s that you cannot draw more
than three cards, unless you have an ace. The reason that the rule exists, principally,
is if you’re playing in a large game, say that there are six people or even seven seated
at the table, you have the potential to run out of cards to draw. What you do is you have
a rule that only if you have an ace in your hand, may you have more than three cards.
The way that would work is you look at your hand, you don’t like it but you have an ace,
so you say “I draw four.” In some cases the house rule is that you have to show your ace,
in other cases, the house rule is “we trust you” and if you get called on it later, you’ll
have to show your ace. Decide what the house rule is for your game and, also, if you consider
the players at your game all proficient good poker players, it’s not a necessary house
rule because most of the time you’re not going to have players staying in and drawing, when
they don’t need to. That’s the house rule, special rule, about when you can draw four,
decide when you need it and happy playing.