FOUR CARD POKER RULES
Four Card Poker uses two standard 52-card decks. There are three ways to play. The game allows the player to wager against the dealer, to wager only on the value of his or her own hand against a pay table or to wager both against the dealer and on the value of his or her own hand. An optional bad beat bonus wager is also available.
The following definitions shall apply unless otherwise noted.
ANTE WAGER: The wager that a player is required to make prior to any cards being dealt in order to compete against the dealer’s hand in a round of play.
ACES UP WAGER: The wager that a player makes in anticipation of receiving a pair of Aces or better.
HAND: The four-card poker hand that is held by each player and the dealer after the cards are dealt.
HAND RANKING: The permissible poker hands allowed in this game, in order from highest to lowest ranking as follows:
Four-of-kind, Straight Flush, Three-of-a-Kind, Straight, Two Pair and Pair
NOTE: If a hand does not contain a pair or better, the hand that contains the highest-ranking card(s) wins. Ace is high except in 4-3-2-Ace sequence.
SUIT: One of the four categories of cards – Diamonds, Clubs, Spades, or Hearts.
WAGERS AND ODDS
1. Each player will make a wager of $3.00 to $100.00, inclusive. A player may wager any of the three ways:
- Playing against the dealer – ANTE WAGER.
- Playing vs. Pay table – ACES UP.
- Playing Both – ACES UP AND ANTE.
2. Players may play up to two spots provided the Aces Up or the Play wager is at least double the table minimum on either spot of each hand.
3. Payout odds are as follows:
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 to1
Four of a Kind 25 to 1
Straight Flush 20 to 1
Three of a Kind 2 to 1
NOTE: All Four Card Poker tables shall have an aggregate payout $25,000 per hand per table, inclusive of the Bad Beat Bonus.
Playing vs. dealer – the ANTE WAGER
The object, when playing against the dealer, is for the player to beat the dealer’s four-card poker hand with his or her own four-card poker hand. The dealer always qualifies. Players place an ANTE wager. After looking at their hand, players may fold or, if they believe their hand is high enough to beat the dealer’s hand, they must make the PLAY wager to remain in the round.
This wager must be from one to three times the ANTE wager.
NOTE: The player wins ties. Consider the entire four-card hand when declaring a tie.
Player folds ANTE LOSES
When Player’s hand beats OR ties the Dealer’s hand PLAY wins 1 to 1 | ANTE wins 1 to 1
When Dealer’s hand beats Player’s hand Play is loss ANTE is a loss
Playing vs. Pay table- ACES UP
The object of betting the ACES UP wager is to receive a pair of Aces or better. If the player’s hand contains a pair of Aces of better, the player wins the ACES UP wager. Players receive ACES UP payouts regardless of the dealer’s hand.
Playing Both- ACES UP and ANTE:
When a player bets both the ACES UP and the ANTE, he or she is playing against two separate pay tables with two different criteria for payouts. In playing the ANTE wager, the object is to get a four-card poker hand that beats the dealer’s best four-card hand. In playing the ACES UP wager, the object is to receive a pair of Aces or better. The ANTE and ACES UP wagers do not have to be the same amount. Players receive the ACES UP payouts regardless of the dealer’s hand. Players can wager anywhere from the table minimum to the maximum allowed bet on either spot. However, the PLAY wager must be from one to three times the ANTE.
Bad Beat Bonus Wager –
1. The Bad Beat Bonus wager shall be between $1.00 and $5.00, inclusive.
2. Players who make the Bad Beat Bonus wager win if they are involved in a bad beat with the dealer. There are two ways to win:
- The player loses to the dealer with a hand of two pair or better; or
- The player beats the dealer’s hand of two pair or
3. The following is the pay table for the Bad Beat Bonus:
Hand Beaten Payout
Four of a Kind 25,000 to 1
Straight Flush 10,000 to 1
Three of a Kind 100 to 1
Flush 25 to 1
Straight 15 to 1
NOTE: All Four Card Poker tables shall have an aggregate payout of $25,000 per hand, per table, inclusive of the Bad Beat Bonus