Players Get 5 to Make a 4 Card Poker Hand, But the Dealer Gets 6 – That’s Four Card Poker

If you’re a seasoned casino table game player you are probably aware that poker variants have flourished in the past twenty years, and the game of Four Card Poker is no exception.It’s found everywhere in casinos worldwide and also online. Here is how the game is played:

How to Play Four Card Poker

As this article title describes, when playing Four Card Poker you are dealt 5 cards to make your best 4 card hand. The dealer takes 6 cards and turns one face up.One may wonder why the house takes the extra card. The reason for the extra dealer card is to safeguard the house edge.

Before play begins, you must first make an Ante bet, decide if you want to play or fold after looking at your cards.If you fold, you forfeit your Ante wager. If you decide to call (play) you must make a Play wager of one, two, or three times your Ante, then discard one card to make your best 4 card hand. The dealer then turns over his or her remaining 5 cards for the showdown. If your hand ties or beats he dealer’s 4 card hand you win even money. If the dealer prevails, you lose. Unlike Three card Poker, a tie wins for the player and there are no dealer qualifiers.

Bonus Payout

If you are dealt one of the following top three hands you will receive a bonus payout for which you are paid even if you lose the hand to the house:

  • 3 of a Kind – Pays 2 to 1
  • Straight Flush – 20 to 1
  • 4 of a Kind – 25 to 1

Aces Up

There is also an Aces Up side bet that is independent of your play wager. Which simply means that if your 4 card hand contains a pair of Aces or higher, you’ll win the following even if you lose the original hand to the dealer:

  • Pair of Aces – Pays 1 to 1
  • Two Pair – 2 to 1
  • Straight – 5 to 1
  • Flush – 6 to 1
  • Three of a Kind – 7 to 1
  • Straight Flush – 30 to 1
  • 4 of a Kind – 50 to 1

Basic Strategy

There is a simple basic strategy that is recommended when you are playing Four Card Poker. Here it is. If you have:

  • Pair of 2’s or less – Fold
  • Pair of 3’s through 9’s – Raise 2 times your bet
  • Pair of 10’s or higher – Raise 3 times your bet

The house edge is about 2.8% without betting the Aces Up, and about 3.4% when betting that option.

Good Luck!