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This version of classic poker is another relatively new one and has attracted quite a big following in a short space of time. It is of course, nowhere near as popular as the classics like Texas Hold'em (the live game) and Deuces Wild (video poker), but it is still a hige game across the US and in Vegas.
Because this is a four card game, the best hand you can get is four of a kind, rather than a straight flush. There are various different versions of this game, so it is important to try and play the one with the lowest house edge (1.98%), rather then the eye watering 6.15% you get if you pick the worst one to play.
Similar to Three Card version, Four Card is another game of poker played against the dealer, or in this case, the machine. The session starts as soon as the player submits the Ante bet and presses the Deal button. The machine will then deal a hand of 5 cards for the player and 6 cards for the dealer, one facing up.
All of the player’s cards will be revealed and the machine will automatically highlight the highest ranking combination available from the player’s hand, presenting you with an option to continue playing by submitting a new bet up to x3 higher than your Ante, or to fold, in which case the Ante bet is lost. The Tie result between the player’s and the Dealer’s hand will always qualify player as the winner.
There is also an optional side bet Aces up, independent from the Dealer’s hand. Opting for this bet, the player wagers on being dealt with a pair of Aces or better. Automatic Bonuses in Four Card Poker do not require any specific actions from the player’s side. The payouts for Three of a Kind, Straight Flush and Four of a Kind hand will be received by default, as soon as the relevant hand is dealt.
Progressive Jackpot is a feature that you may often find included in a lot of Video Poker machines or Live table versions of poker, not just the Four Card variant. The player can add one dollar to the progressive Jackpot Pot when placing the bets and the payout will depend on the hand rank, highest of which will win the entire Jackpot Pot.
The simplest and most popular strategy for Four Card Video Poker is to raise the bets to the maximum allowed by the Poker Machine anytime you manage to land a hand of with a pair of 10s or better.
Placing a more moderate (x1) bet is recommended on a hand with pairs that are lower than 10 – 2s through 9s. Since you are playing against a machine, bluffing is not a skill you will need to employ in your gameplay, so if your hand is anything lower in value than the pairs, the best thing to do would be to fold and wait for a more favourable round.
Casinos with the finest selection of Video Poker machines in Las Vegas are located Downtown and iconic venues such as The D (Vue Bar and Longbar), The Furnace, El Cortez, Bond and Chandelier will likely have everything you are looking for, and more.
If however, you don’t feel like walking, plenty of online casinos include Four Card Video Poker in their offer and most of them can be easily launched on your phone and tablet without any downloads or system adjustments.