What is a ‘Quart’?
‘Quart’ is a poker term. It describes a partial flush with four cards – also known as a ‘flush draw’ because the player needs to draw one more card of the same suit in order to make a full flush. ‘Quart’ can describe a partial straight flush although this does not have to the the case – it can also mean an unconnected flush.
In poker, players aim to build the best hand they can from the available cards. One of the better hands in the game is the ‘flush’ – a set of five cards that all have the same ‘suit’. A suit is a group of cards, identified by one of the symbols hearts, clubs, diamonds or spades. Each suit has 13 cards – the king, queen and jack, plus an ace and the 2-10 numbered cards. A flush has any random set of numbers with all suits matched (e.g 2-5-6-9-J all clubs), while a straight flush has the same suit and all the cards run consecutively (e.g. 2-3-4-5-6 all clubs).
If a player says that they have a ‘quart’, they mean that they possess a partial flush – four of the five cards needed. A quart before the draw or the flop can still be improved and there are plenty of chances to hit another from the suit, so it is a strong hand to bet on. After the hands are set however, a four card flush is usually worth nothing at all to the player. It is worth noting that in some variations of poker such as Pai Gow, there are instances when a four card flush counts for a win. Sometimes the quart is known as the ‘flush draw’ – meaning that a player could complete the flush on the draw, or has been lucky enough to do so.