What is a Four Card Straight?
In poker, the term four card straight refers to a set of four cards in a consecutive order. These cards may be of any suit – but if they did all belong to the same suit, the hand would instead be called a four card straight flush.
The four card straight requires that fifth and final consecutive card to become valuable in a game of poker.
The Four Card Straight Explained
As mentioned above, the Four Card Straight hand in poker contains four cards in consecutive order. So, this could be a four of clubs, a five of spades, a six of diamonds, and a seven of hearts.
In normal, five-card poker, there will also be another card that does not fit into the consecutive pattern. If it did, you would instead have a regular straight – which ranks quite highly.
Because of that, the Four Card Straight does not rank very highly on its own and is unlikely to yield any win at all, but because it’s just one card away from a regular straight, this hand is a good starting place or building block to end up in the money.
There a few different types of ‘Four Card’ hand, among which are the Four Card Inside Straight, the four card straight flush, and the four card royal flush. Again, these will all need that final, fitting fifth card to become valuable.
Breaking those forms down, the Four Card Inside Straight is similar to the Four Card Straight but must be composed of open-ended numbers – that is, being at neither end of the 13-card spectrum.
The Four Card Straight Flush means that as well as being consecutive, all four cards in the hand are also in the same suit. And the Four Card Royal Flush is comprised of four higher-ranking cards, such as picture cards and an ace, all belonging to the same suit.
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