Issue 185
March 29 - April 4, 2004
Volume 4
page 3

Ask Frank: Is This Variation on Four-Card Poker Worth Playing?
By Frank Scoblete


One of the Detroit casinos (Motor City) recently opened a four-card poker table. (I'm sure this is much to the chagrin of the Catlin 2001 article on same subject.) The player gets five cards to the dealer's six. Anyhow, the ranking of hands is as follows:

  • four of a kind / straight flush / three of a kind (just as the Catlin statistics predict)
  • three of a kind / flush / straight (mmmmmmmmmm?)
    two pair / pair
  • The other beauty to the game is the three of a kind pair plus is replaced by an aces or better bet.

Without any statistics to prove this, I figure the sixth card helps the house make a hand to beat you 70% of the time, so I can't figure out the allure of this game - which doesn't stop the table from having a line of waiting suckers.

Your thoughts are appreciated.



Dear Derrick,

I have not played or analyzed this game but it looks to me that the casino has its usual big edge in the game. Most players are poor judges of casino games and you are right. There are suckers in abundance coming to the casinos.

All the best!

About the Author

Frank Scoblete is unquestionably casino gaming's number one best-selling author. In 1998, his books, Beat the Craps Out of the Casinos: How to Play Craps and Win! and Break the One Armed Bandits: How to Come Ahead When You Play the Slots! were the best-selling books on in their respective categories. His books on blackjack, roulette, video poker, craps, slots and new games are consistently on the most-requested books lists of Ingram and other distributors.


Of Related Interest

Frank Scoblete has written a number of books including Thrifty Gambling, which explains the best methods for recreational gamblers to use to reduce their risk while still giving them a good shot to win and a great deal of fun! This book can make you a winner.

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