Learn to Play Four Card Poker

Learn to Play Four Card Poker

This game which was invented by Roger Snow is very alike to the three cards Poker game except for some dissimilarity listed below.

  • It is played with four cards.
  • The amount to which the Ante can be elevated is three times.
  • The trader does not have any qualifying hand.

The game initiates by providing the player with the 5 cards and the dealer with one extra; because of which the dealer earns an advantage of one additional card. Both of them are asked to pick up four cards to make the highest of their hands. The gambling can be done by the player on either “Ante” or “Aces up” or on both of them.



  • Both “Ante” and “Aces up” games are merged.
  • Number of cards laid out to the player is 5 and to the dealer are 6, where 5 cards are faced downwards with one card faced upwards.
  • The player has the choice to fold or raise the Ante. Also, they are allowed to see the dealers faced up card in addition to their hand cards.
  • If the player makes up their mind to fold, the entire wagers would be abandoned.
  • The minimum amount for a player to bet is the amount equivalent to Ante Wager and it can be raised to the maximum of three times.


  • The cards which will be held by the player are the four best ones, who sum up to the highest face value in total.
  • After the player does all the recommendations, the dealer would select and turn up four cards out of those six.
  • After both of them finalize their cards, both the hands are compared and the hand summing up to the highest amount is declared as the winner.
  • The condition would out turn into loss of upraise in Ante, if the hand sums up lower than the dealer’s hand.
  • In case of the victory of player, even money would be paid out.
  • The player would be rewarded with the bonus in case if they hit the hand at the minimum of three of a Kind, irrespective of the hands of dealer.


Bonus Payout
Type of Hand T-1 T-2
Three of a Kind 2 2
Straight Flush 20 15
Four  of a Kind 25 30


Payout table of Aces
Type of Hands T-1 T-2 T-3 T-4 T-5 T-6 T-7
Pair of Aces or Better Even Money Even Money Even Money Even Money Even Money Even Money Even Money
Two Pair 2 to 1 2 to 1 2 to 1 2 to 1 3 to 1 2 to 1 3 to 1
Straight 4 to 1 5 to 1 4 to 1 5 to 1 4 to 1 4 to 1 4 to 1
Flush 6 to 1 6 to 1 6 to 1 6 to 1 5 to 1 5 to 1 5 to 1
Three of a Kind 9 to 1 7 to 1 9 to 1 7 to 1 8 to 1 8 to 1 7 to 1
Straight Flush 40 to 1 40 to 1 30 to 1 30 to 1 40 to 1 40 to 1 40 to 1
Four of a Kind 50 to 1 50 to 1 50 to 1 50 to 1 50 to 1 50 to 1 50 to 1



Not any strategy guarantees a total win- win situation; but some of them are designed to make the situation, a favorable one for the player to win.3.36% of the house edge is the Ante’s opening wager.

  • If the Pair concludes to 2’s or less, the fold decision would result in favor.
  • If the Pair concludes between 3’s to 9’s, the wager shall be raised by 1x.
  • If the Pair concludes to 10’s or greater, the wager shall be raised by 3x.


Analysis of Ace up

Aces up would not get affected by the dealer’s hand. No matter if the player fails to win the wager on Ante, Payout of Aces would still be given. If player’s hand has Aces or better cards, Payouts would be provided in accordance with the Aces up table.


Payout Table for Aces Up
Type of Hand Payout Probablity
Pair of Aces 3.12% 1 to 1
Two Pair 4.75% 1 to 3
Straight 3.91% 1 to 4
Flush 4.41% 1 to 5
Three of a Kind 2.25% 1 to 8
Straight Flush 0.07% 1 to 40
Four of a Kind 0.024% 1 to 50


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