What is a Four Card Inside Straight?
A Four Card Inside Straight is the name given to a poker hand that has four cards in an interrupted sequence, such as having the cards two, three, four, six, and nine – of any suit. The nine here is useless, however the two, three, four, and six can be made a straight by obtaining a five.
The Four Card Inside Straight Explained
A four card inside straight is a hand that contains four cards, out of the five commonly held in poker, that are part of a broken sequence and which only need one card to make it a straight. An example of this would be a hand comprising a three, a five, a six, and seven, and a Jack.
So, in this instance, the Four Card Inside Straight are the former four cards given, and the one missing is the four. Holding that card alongside all the other consecutive ones will make it a regular straight.
There are other types of inside straight, as well. One example of another form is the double inside straight draw, which – in 11-card games – is a hand with, for example, a nine, a seven, a six, a five, and a three. This sequence is missing two cards that would make it a straight – that is, the eight and the four – hence its name ‘double.’
There is also the inside straight flush hand. In poker, the term ‘straight’ refers to several (normally five) consecutive cards, while the word ‘flush’ means several cards that all belong to the same suit.
Put together, an example of a straight flush would be a player holding a five, a six, a seven, an eight, and a nine – all of spades. But in the Four Card Inside Straight, the player is missing the fifth and final card to complete the sequence. Here, in this example, it could be the seven that they are missing.
The phrase ‘inside’ is used in this term because for a poker hand to be classified thus, the string of cards must not include any from either end of the pack – that is, aces or picture cards.
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