What is ‘Quartered’?
‘Quartered’ refers to a situation where a split pot is further split to pay off a tie, thereby awarding two players one quarter each while the third gets the half they won. In very rare situations, the pot may actually be split in four ways to pay two tied hands. Quartered pots only occur in high-low games where there is also a tied pot.
‘Quartered’ usually refers to a pot or prize, and means that the funds have been split into four and distributed more than two ways. It can appear in any betting game where there are four winners. For example, if a lottery jackpot is won by four ticket holders, the prize is ‘quartered’ or split four ways. This practice is also common in games like bingo, where multiple players might score the ‘full house‘ at the same time. Sweepstakes and betting pools are often ‘quartered’ or some similar fractional split, because there are often multiple winners.
In poker, ‘quartered’ refers to a situation where either two or four of the players receive a quarter of the pot. This is an unusual situation but there are games in which it occurs, such as in Omaha poker. If the game is being played to high-low rules, there will be two winners – the one with the best hand of the highest value, and the one with the best hand of the lowest value. Normally the pot is ‘halved’ – split between these two players.
In the event of a tied hand for a poker pot, often both players will split the pot between themselves. When this happens in a high-low game, it is not the full pot being split for the tie, but the high or low half of it. This creates quarters to be distributed accordingly. Usually the tied players take a quarter each and the other player gets an entire half.