Four Card Poker is a casino poker variant where the player has to win with only four cards instead of five. However, you will still be dealt five cards. Among these five, you need to take the highest hand that the four can make and dispose of the last one.
One of the most notable developers of the game is Shuffle Master.
How to Play
Here is the game process.
- You place an ante bet.
- Five cards are dealt to you.
- The best hand is taken out of the best four-card combination. The fifth card is discarded.
- The dealer gets six cards. All are face down except one.
Now that you know your hand strength, you need to decide if you will play or fold. If you fold, the dealer will take your ante. If you raise, you have the following options.
- Bet 1x your ante
- Bet 3x your ante
If you bet, the dealer’s cards will be revealed. The best hand is made out of four cards, and the two other cards will be disposed of. This hand will be compared against yours. If you win, you win 1:1 of your ante and your raise.
Some variants in casinos online offer what is called the Aces and Up. Some also offer a progressive jackpot.
For Aces and Up, you have to wager a separate amount from your ante and you raise. If you receive an Ace as a pair or higher, you will win money even if your hand lost. You must reach the showdown for this bet to win. You will lose if you folded.
Here is the pay table for the Ace and Up bonus.
- FOUR OF A KIND – 50 to 1
- STRAIGHT FLUSH – 30 to 1
- THREE OF A KIND – 7 to 1
- FLUSH – 6 to 1
- STRAIGHT – 5 to 1
- TWO PAIR – 2 to 1
- PAIR OF ACES – 1 to 1
There is also an automatic free money that you will receive if your hand is unique, even if you lost against the dealer. These jackpots are:
- FOUR OF A KIND – 25 to 1
- STRAIGHT FLUSH – 20 to 1
- THREE OF A KIND – 2 to 1
The RTP is unknown, but the house edge is 2.79%.
Some variants have a progressive jackpot. You will win this progressive jackpot by putting another side bet. The rules of taking home the jackpot vary from one casino to another.