What is ‘Outdraw’?
In poker, a player is said to outdraw their opponent when they achieve a better hand in the draw. The term is often used in the showdown of the game, as players rarely know what cards their opponents hold until this final reveal takes place. A player can outdraw another or make the outdraw to complete a winning hand.
In the game of poker, players aim to assemble the best hand, or set of five cards. After a series of rounds in which the hands are improved and bets are made by the players, their cards are ranked against those of the other players, according to standard poker rules, and the best hand at the table will win. The rules vary according to each style of game, but the overall aim remains the same.
If a poker player says that they have been outdrawn or that they outdrew another player, they mean that they were beaten or that they won based on the results of the draw. Outdraw simply means to make a better draw than someone else in the game. In draw poker games, players are given a starting hand by the dealer. During the game, they have a chance to better this hand in the draw. This means that they exchange some (or all) of the cards in their hand for fresh ones from the deck. After this, players bet on their improved hands and enter the showdown round.
The aim of draw poker is to outdraw the other players – that is, get the best result from the draw, and therefore create the best hand at the table. For example, if before the draw two players hold a pair, but at the draw one makes a triple or three of a kind, then the second player has outdrawn the first.