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Re-draw

What is ‘Re-draw’?

‘Re-draw’ refers to a hand which has an additional out available, should the draw not go as the player hoped. There are many hands which can be turned into something else if the original aim was not met – the most common example is a failed straight which turns into a completed flush at the draw, but there are other hands which can also be bettered through the re-draw.

‘Re-draw’ Explained

In poker, players start with two or more cards and as the game goes on, they get access to more cards with which to build their hand. In draw poker, players usually start with five cards and they have the choice of playing on with those cards, or exchanging some of them for fresh ones from the deck. After this draw is made, the hands are usually set and betting for the showdown begins. In some forms of poker, players get a chance to ‘re-draw’, or make one last attempt at improving their cards, before this final round begins.

‘Re-draw’ more usually refers to the situation where a player has the chance to make more than one hand at the draw. For example, the player might be aiming for a straight from their suited 8-9 hand of spades, but fails to collect the necessary values. However, if they pick up all spades at the draw, they have completed the flush. The flush and the straight are ‘outs’ for the player – final hands which are possible based on the current cards held. To ‘re-draw’ means to have multiple outs and to complete one at the draw, though not the one that was being chased. The completed hand is usually weaker than the hand that was being sought, but it still has a good chance at the table.