All About Four Card Poker

Four Card vs Crazy Four

If you delve deeper into the origins of four card poker, you’ll come to know that the game was actually developed by someone known as Roger Snow, a Shuffle Master Inc. executive. The game was originally patterned based on three card poker, which too was created by the same person. In order to make sure that it was the Shuffle Master Inc. and not Roger Snow who is credited for the development of four card poker, the company went ahead and filed a patent for it.

With a large number of off-line and online casinos showing interest in four card poker, Shuffle Master Inc. launched another new variation of the game and named it crazy four poker. Although crazy four poker hasn’t gained a lot of prominence in the gambling circles throughout the world, there’s a certain section of people that is immensely attracted to it, owing to the similarities it holds with four card poker. If you study crazy four poker carefully, you’ll know that its rules are actually a mix of the three card poker and four card poker.

While in four card poker, it’s entirely up to the player whether he/she would like to place just the ante bet (in which he/she plays against the dealer), just the aces up bet (in which he/she bets on the possibility of getting at least a pair of aces) or both; in crazy four poker, the players have the option of choosing from the following different betting options: ante bet, super bonus bet and Queens up bet.

Unlike as in four card poker, in crazy four poker all the players and the dealer get five cards each. Players who place the ante wager and the super bonus wager decide if they wish to fold their hands or raise the bet. A major similarity between these two games is that the players need to beat the dealer’s cards to win the game. However, players playing four card poker have a much better chance of winning as they’re free to raise the ante bet by three times.

Despite the fact that crazy four poker has a lower house edge compared to four card poker, it’s the latter that wins when it comes to the excitement level! Furthermore, the mechanics of four card poker are much easier to comprehend and use.

Four card poker rules
1. You can place two initial bet types – the ante bet and the aces up bet.
2. While the dealer receives six cards, every player is dealt five cards each. Five of the dealer’s cards are placed in facedown position and one is placed face up.
3. After the cards are dealt, players must either fold their cards or raise their ante bets.
4. Any player who fold his/her cards, forfeits his/her bet/s.
5. If a player chooses to raise the bet, he/she must raise it by at least the ante bet amount and by a maximum of three times the ante bet.
6. All players need to discard one card each and make their best four card poker hands.
7. The hand rankings applicable to four card poker (from high to low) are: four of a kind, straight flush, three of a kind, flush, two pairs, pair, high card.
8. Once all players have made their moves, the dealer flips up his/her cards and makes his/her best four card poker hand.
9. All players compare their hands with that of the dealer, and either win or lose.
10. The dealer wins the corresponding ante and raised bet amount/s if his/her hand is higher than that of the player.
11. If both the dealer’s and player’s hands are equal, the player wins and is paid out 1 to 1 for the ante and raised bets.
12. The player is also paid a bonus if he/she scores three of a kind or higher, no matter what the dealer’s hand may be.
13. Players can also place a side bet known as the aces up bet, for which they’re paid a bonus if they get at least a pair of aces in their hands.

Crazy four poker rules
1. The game begins with every player placing an equal bet amount on his/her respective ante and super bonus bet. He/she may also place a side bet known as the Queens up bet.
2. Every player as well as a dealer is dealt same number of cards, i.e. 5.
3. After the cards are dealt, players decide whether they wish to raise their bets or fold their hands.
4. A player forfeits all his/her bets if he/she folds his/her cards.
5. The raised bet amount can be a maximum of three times of the ante bet (if a player has a minimum of a pair of aces in his/her hand). Else, the raised bet can be maximum the same amount as the ante bet.
6. All players discard one card and make their best possible four card poker hand.
7. The hand rankings applicable to crazy four poker (from low to high) are: four singletons, pair, two pairs, straight, flush, three of a kind, straight flush, four of a kind.
8. Once all the players have made their moves, the dealer flips over his/her cards and makes his/her best four card poker hand.
9. At this point, all players compare their hands with that of the dealer, and the higher hand wins.
10. The dealer requires a minimum of King high to open, with regard to the ante bet.
11. Following is the pay structure for the ante bets:
- Ante pushes if the dealer doesn’t open
- Ante wins if the dealer opens, but player wins
- Ante pushes if the dealer opens but ties
- Ante loses if the dealer opens and wins
12. Following is the pay structure for the raised bets:
- The raised bet wins if the player wins
- The raised bet pushes if the hands are tied
- The raised bet loses if the dealer wins
13. Following is the pay structure for the super bonus bets:
- Player is awarded the applicable super bonus win if he/she gets a straight or higher (not necessary to beat the dealer).
- The super bonus pushes if the player gets a lower than straight hand, but pushes or wins.
- The super bonus to has if the player gets a lower than straight hand, and loses.