What is a Four Card Royal Flush?
The Four Card Royal Flush Explained
In a game of poker, if a player is holding what is called a four card royal flush, they are holding a set of four cards that all being to the same suit and are all valued at ten or higher.
Since the normal (five-card) version of a royal flush comprises a ten, Jack, Queen, King, and ace – all of the same suit – the Four Card Royal Flush is missing one card.
An example of a Four Card Royal Flush is a hand containing the ten, Queen, King, and ace of diamonds. You’ll notice, however, that the all-important Jack is missing, rendering this hand low scoring. Instead, the player will be holding a card that does not fit into their sequence, such as – in the instance above – the three of clubs.
But if you obtain this Jack and discard that three during the game, your hand will become a regular royal flush – which is among the highest-ranking hands in the game.
There are quite a few ‘four card’ hand varieties, some of which include the four card straight (made up of four cards in consecutive order, of any suit), the four card straight flush (comprising four cards in consecutive order and matching in suit), and the four card inside straight (consisting of four consecutive cards that are at neither end of the 13-card suit spectrum).
However, it’s worth pointing out that these hands will all need a fifth and final suitable card to become their most valuable. Generally, four-of-a-kinds are the highest-scoring four-card hands.