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The Basics of Play 2-Card Poker


The Basics of Play 2-Card Poker

Lucy Smith February 17, 2020

2-Card Poker is an American Gaming Systems fast-acting table game found in many land-based and online casinos. The name itself is a bit misleading since both the dealer and the player are dealt four cards, but Four-Card Poker and Crazy 4 Poker already exist, so it is 2-Card.


Playing the game is quite simple indeed. 2-Card Poker is played with a regular 52-card deck. They don’t use jokers or wildcards. Players are required to wager ante before any cards are seen. Once the bet has been made, the dealer hands out four cards to each player and to themselves. Players play to settle the ante and bet wagers against the dealer.

Once the bets have been made, the players have the option to fold their four cards or choose to play two cards and place a bet equal to their original ante wager. Only money is paid for by all winning ante and bet wagers. Furthermore, the dealer will qualify to pay both the ante and bet with at least one Jack-High Flush, otherwise the only payout will be on the ante wager.

If that sounds a little confusing, then it’s really no different from Three-Card-Poker. And like Three-Card-Poker, in the form of a 2-card bonus and a 4-card bonus, you can make more wagers. But first, you need to know what’s going to beat what in this game!

Hand Rankings

  • Pair (Aces is highest, 2’s are lowest)
  • Two Card Straight Flush (Ace-King is highest, 3-2 is lowest)
  • Two Card Flush (Ace-Queen is highest, 4-2 is lowest)
  • High Card (Ace-King is highest, 3-2 is lowest)
  • Non-flush straights are not recognized

The game could have been called Flushes rule based on the table of hands, because most of the time the player and the dealer would have either a pair or two appropriate cards from their original four cards. If a hand like Ace-hearts,8-spades,4-clubs,2-clubs is dealt to the player then the two cards to play are the 4 and 2 clubs, because they are appropriate. The dealer will also save their top two cards automatically the same way.

The one with the highest single card wins when both the dealer and the player hold two-flush cards. If both players have the same high card, then they will play the second card. Ties is a move.

Reward Wagers

Players can also make a reward wager on their top two cards as well as on the match and dealer’s cards together.

2-Card Bonus Bet Pay Table

  • Red Aces 20-1
  • Black Aces 15-1
  • Mixed Aces 10-1
  • Kings 5-1
  • Queens 4-1
  • Jacks 3-1
  • Tens 2-1
  • 7-s through 9’s 1-1

4-Card Bonus Bet Pay Table

  • Royal Flush 200-1
  • Four of a Kind 50-1
  • Straight Flush 30-1
  • Three of a Kind 5-1
  • Flush 3-1
  • Two-Pair 1-1

Reward wagers are paid regardless of whether the dealer succeeds, and whether the player wins their ante and bet wagers. In other words, you can raise the bid, move the bet, win the 2-Card Bonus and forfeit the 4-Card Bonus should the dealer fail to qualify.

You will miss the ante and gamble when the dealer fails to win the 2-Card Bonus and the 4-Card Bonus, or any other variation of those four bets. Although the main ante and bet wagers have the tiniest edge of the house, the bonus wagers make the game quite cool.