How Exactly is 4-Card Poker Played?

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Being able to learn the many different variations of poker games makes you a Savant and you will be highly regarded as one of the best players in the casino.

That being said, playing at the Newtown Casino will give you plenty of chances to test your poker chops simply because of the bevy of different poker games being offered in the said gambling institution.

That being said, one particular poker game has been given quite a lot of attention recently due to how easy it is to play- whether you are an experienced elite player or just a casual player wanting to have fun at the casino.

So today, I will talk about the rules of the game so that you will know how 4-card poker is actually played.

The Basics

Before the game is set rolling, every player will be asked to put an ante wager and they are also given the opportunity to make an Aces Up if they desire. Even though you can do the latter, only the Ante Wager is required.

After placing your bets, the dealer will then hand out five cards while the dealer will get a total of six cards- one of which will be shown to all of the players. The additional card will be to signify the house’s advantage in the game.

Once the players are able to look at the dealer’s face-up card, they will then be given the option to either play on by placing an additional bet that is 1-3 times bigger than the original amount of their ante or they can fold- in which case, both their Aces Up and Ante Wagers will be lost to the house.

Once the betting is finished, the player is asked to discard one card and will show the rest of their hand to others. The best card combinations that you can have in this order are:

  • Straight Flush
  • Four of a Kind
  • Three of a Kind
  • Straight
  • Flush
  • Two Pair
  • One Pair
  • And a High Card


After the showing of hands is finished, the dealer will then expose his hand and will select the best four-card combination to play with.

The dealer will look at the hands of each individual player and they will be the one to determine whether your hand beats his or not. Should the dealer have the better hand, you will lose your ante (and raise).

Should the player have the better card combination or even equal to the ones that the dealer has, then you will get an even pay on your ante (and raise).

If your hand has a combination of cards such as three of a kind or better, you will also receive a bonus, even if the dealer’s card combination is vastly superior to yours.

The typical bonus amount is usually 2 to 1 if you have three of a kind; 20 to 1 if you have a straight flush; and 25 to 1 if you get a four of a kind.

If you have also placed an Aces Up Bet, you can also win if the dealer’s hand is better than yours. That is because such wagers are paid out for a pair of aces or better.

The bonus money will depend on the casino you’re playing at and the value is usually posted prominently at the poker table.

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