Atlantic City Sports Betting and Casino Games The Basics of Four Card Poker for Beginning Players

The Basics of Four Card Poker for Beginning Players

Four Card Poker is the younger bother of Three Card Poker. Both are developed and trademarked by Shuffle Master and both are available and Atlantic City casinos.

The Basics:
This game is played with a standard 52 card deck. There are three ways to bet. The player can bet against the dealer (the anti-wager), only on the value of his own hand (aces up), or both. The player must decide what to wager before the cards are dealt, and most gamblers bet both ways.

In Four Card Poker, the Player is dealt 5 cards and has to use four of them to make his best hand. The dealer is dealt six card and must use 4 for is hand (hence the house edge).

How to play:
There are three betting circles on the table in front of each player. The one closest to the player in the anti against the dealer, the second circle is the play against the dealer, and the third circle is the aces up bet where the player is betting on the value of his own hand.

In order to play against the dealer, the player must bet the anti. Once the player sees his cards, he may decide to bet either 1x or 3x his original anti to play his cards against the dealer's. If the player doesn't play, he loses his anti no matter what the dealer has. If the player plays and beats the dealer, he is paid on both of the anti and play bets.

Unlike Three Card Poker, the dealer does not have to qualify in Four Card.

The pair plus bet is made at the beginning of the hand, and pays solely on the strength of the player's hand whether he beats the dealer or not.

Playing against the dealer (the anti-wager):
The hand ranks in four card poker are different then in regular poker and three card. In four card, a four of a kind beats a straight flush (and it's bonus it pays better). When playing against the dealer, the player's cards must be higher than the dealers to win. Four card poker hands rank in the following order:

Four of a Kind
Straight Flush
Three of a Kind
Two Pair
Pair of Aces

If a hand doesn't have a pair, the hand with the highest card(s) wins. Aces are high except when used in a 3-2-A straight.

In Atlantic City, the four card player is paid a bonus when he beats the dealer with certain hands. The bonus at the Trump Taj Mahal is:

Three of a Kind: 2-1
Straight Flush: 20-1
Four of a Kind: 25-1

Playing the strength of the hand (the aces up):
The aces up payout depends on player's four card hand. The gambler is paid on any pair of aces or better. Different casinos have different payouts. Atlantic City casinos use the standard payouts below.

Four Card Poker - Aces Up Payouts

Poker Hand

Payout Odds

Pair of Aces

1 to 1

Two Pair

3 to 1


4 to 1


5 to 1

Three of a Kind

8 to 1

Straight Flush

40 to 1

Four of a Kind

50 to1

To read more about Four Card Poker, check out:
Four Card Poker - Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
How to Play Four Card Poker - Casino Gambling

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