In Four Card Poker®, you receive five cards to make your best four-card hand, and the dealer receives six cards to make his best four-card poker hand.
Ranking of Hands:
Player vs. Dealer
Bet on the required Ante spot to play against the dealer’s hand. Best four-card hand wins. The player wins ties. If you bet on the Ante wager and want to stay in the game after viewing your cards, you must make a Play wager. The Play wager has to be at least equal to the Ante but may be up to three times the ante. It’s your four-card poker hand against the dealer’s four-card poker hand, and the best hand wins! The Ante and Play bets pay even money.
The top three hands in the game Four-of-a-Kind, Straight Flush and Three-of-a-Kind receive an automatic bonus payout on the Ante bet. See table for odds. Automatic Bonuses are paid even if the dealer has a better four-card hand.
Bet on the Aces Up spot and win when you’re dealt a pair of Aces or better. The Aces Up bonus is always paid even if the dealer has a better hand.
Four Card Poker® uses a standard 52-card deck. There are three ways to play. The game allows the player to wager against the dealer, to wager only on the value of his own hand against a paytable, or to wager both against the dealer and on the value of his own hand.
Four Card Poker® Dealing Procedures:
Dealing procedures vary by jurisdiction. Please refer to the appropriate gaming agency for regulations specific to your jurisdiction. It is recommended that Four Card Poker be dealt with an automatic card shuffler, such as i-Deal-Plus. Select a shuffler game mode to dispense five-card hands.
Each player makes a wager as indicated below, according to posted table limits:
Each player receives five cards face down. Cards are delivered to the player from the dealer’s left to right in rotation. The dealer should give himself five cards face down and one card face up. From an i-Deal Plus shuffler: Shuffle machine will dispense five-card hands. Place one hand face-down to each player and one face-down in the dealer’s area. When the i-Deal Plus dispenses the next five-card hand, place the bottom card face up on the dealer’s hand. Put all remaining cards in the discard rack and press the green button.
After examining their cards, players have the option to either make a PLAY wager in the amount between one and three times the player’s ANTE wager, or forfeit the ANTE wager by folding. In the unlikely event the player folds with a pair of Aces or better, he forfeits the ANTE, but his ACES UP bet will win.
After each player has either placed a PLAY wager on the PLAY spot or folded, the dealer collects all forfeited wagers and cards.
The dealer will arrange his hand from highest card value to the lowest, and announce his best four-card hand. The two cards the dealer doesn’t use in his hand should be positioned behind the “live” hand.
The dealer will then reconcile the hands of those players who have not folded. Starting with the player on the dealer’s right, bring the player’s hand into the “work area” between the dealers hand and the ACES UP wager and reveal the player’s cards. The dealer will pay and/or take from the back forwards, reconciling the PLAY wager first, the ANTE second, and the ACES UP wager last. The dealer will lay and pay, or pick and pay, depending on casino procedures. At the casino’s discretion, the dealers can resolve the bets in the order the casino wishes.
Four Card Poker® licensing rights belong to Scientific Games, Inc.