2 Plus 4 Poker
2 Plus 4 Poker was developed at BetVoyager casino. Unlike other types of casino poker, in 2 Plus 4 Poker the dealer receives not five cards, but six, and plays on his best 5-card combination. The first two cards are dealt face-down and the last four cards are turned face-up. In return, the player may strengthen his hand and purchase a sixth card. The basic rules of casino poker are described in our Casino Guide section.
BetVoyager features our conventional version of 2 Plus 4 Poker and a 2 Plus 4 Poker version with no house edge.
Main Features of 2 Plus 4 Poker
In 2 Plus 4 Poker, the player can play on up to four boxes, but an ‘open’ game can only be conducted on one or two boxes. It is possible to bet on the bonus on any box.
The minimum bet and the maximum payout are clearly stated for each game table, and there is no maximum bet. If you play more than one box, the ante amounts cannot be 5 times more or less than each other.
When dealing, the dealer receives six cards and places his four final cards face-up. He plays on his best 5-card combination.
The player has a right to buy a sixth card in 2 Plus 4 Poker. The cost of a purchase is 1 ANTE. If the purchase doesn’t improve the player’s hand, he may fold and lose his ANTE, provided that the dealer has a pair of Kings or better on his four open cards. If the dealer’s hand is weaker, the player is obliged to continue the game.
The dealer qualifies with an Ace-King or better in 2 Plus 4 Poker. If the dealer qualifies, but the player’s combination is higher, the BET is paid according to the standard payout table and the ANTE pays out 1:1. If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the ANTE is paid only.
The player with a combination of Three-of-a-Kind or better can insure himself against the dealer getting a non-qualifying hand. The size of the insurance bet can be anywhere from 1 ANTE up to the prospective payout for the BET.
If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the player may decline the winnings equal to the ANTE and instead replace the dealer’s highest card. The ANTE is removed from the box as a payment for this exchange. If the dealer still doesn’t qualify on his six cards after the exchange, the ANTE is not returned to the player and is not paid.
Basic Rules of 2 Plus 4 Poker
Before the cards are dealt in 2 Plus 4 Poker, the player chooses which boxes he wants to play on and makes his ANTE. In addition to this basic bet on the box (or instead of it), the player can also make a bonus bet. With this bet, the player is betting that there will be a high poker combination (Three-of-a-Kind or better) in his original hand.
When playing on several boxes, the first two boxes with ANTES are considered ‘open’ and the remaining boxes are ‘blind’. The restrictions associated with a ‘blind’ game are described in paragraph 17. The bet on the second ‘open’ box cannot be more than the bet on the first one. The larger bet is always played first, regardless of it’s position on the table.
Each table indicates the minimum ANTE and the maximum payout on it. The maximum payout on both the basic bet and the bonus bet is the same, and the player can receive the maximum win for both bets at once. The minimum bonus bet is defined by the cheapest chip allowed at the table.
Each box has the following four figures: a circle, a square, an ellipse and a rectangle. The ANTE is placed on the ellipse and the bonus bet is placed on the square. The square is also used for insurance bets (paragraph 10). The BET is placed on the rectangle (see paragraphs 8 and 9). A special marker with the number 6 is placed on the circle when the player purchases a 6th card (see paragraph 8).
To make a bet in 2 Plus 4 Poker, it is first necessary to choose a chip with the desired face-value. At the beginning of the game, this chip is chosen by default, and the chip with the minimum face-value fixes itself onto the cursor. If the player wants a chip with a different face-value, he can select it by clicking on that chip with the cursor. The player can also use the scroll wheel on his mouse to change the chip’s value. After the chip is selected, the player can place a bet by clicking the mouse on the desired part of the game table and his bet will appear there. Each subsequent click adds another chip of the selected face-value to the bet. If the player wants to remove the last chip from his bet, he can remove the chip fixed onto the cursor by clicking the cursor on any empty part of the game window and then clicking on this bet.
The "Clear" button can be pressed to remove all the bets from the table. If the player wishes to repeat his bets from the previous hand, he can press the "Rebet" button. The "Deal" button will begin the game after all bets have been made.
When dealing, the dealer receives six cards and places his four final cards face-up. After that, successive play on boxes begins. The cards on the first box are revealed, after which the result of the bonus bet is determined. The payouts for this bet are given in table 1.
After looking at his cards, the player has three options:
- buy a sixth card (the "Buy" button)
- raise the bet, i.e. make the BET equal to twice the ANTE (the "Bet" button)
- fold and lose the ANTE (the "Fold" button).
The cost of purchasing is equal to 1 ANTE. If the player purchases a sixth card, his further options depend on the dealer’s four open cards. If the dealer has a pair of Kings or better, the player has two options:
- raise the bet (the "Bet" button)
- fold and lose the ANTE (the "Fold" button).
If the dealer’s hand is weaker, the BET is obligatory for the player, and the BET is automatically placed on the table when the player presses the "Buy" button.
Before raising the bet in 2 Plus 4 Poker (see paragraphs 8 and 9), the player can insure himself against the dealer getting a non-qualifying hand. The player can do this if he has a hand of Three-of-a-Kind or better. With this bet, the player is betting that the dealer will not qualify. The minimum size of the insurance is the ANTE, and the maximum is the prospective payout for the BET. Insurance cannot exceed the maximum payout of the table. As in the case with the bonus bet, the chips used for insurance are placed on the square.
If the BET was obligatory for the player (see paragraph 9), he can insure himself after a sixth card has been bought. Regardless of whether he insures himself, in order to continue the game he must press the "Go on" button.
- When the final decision has been made on all the boxes, the dealer reveals his cards. On those boxes where insurance was purchased, the result is determined by the following:
- If the dealer doesn’t qualify, the insurance is paid 1:1
- If the dealer qualifies, the player loses the insurance. However, if the dealer’s combination is higher than the player’s one, the insurance is considered unplayed and is returned to the player.
If the dealer qualifies in 2 Plus 4 Poker, his combination is compared to the ones on the boxes remaining in the game. If the dealer has a higher combination, the player loses the ANTE and BET. If the player’s combination is equal to the dealer’s one, the game ends in a draw and the ANTE and BET are returned to the player. If the player has the higher combination, the ANTE is paid out 1:1, and the payout for the BET is determined according to table 1.
If the dealer doesn’t qualify in 2 Plus 4 Poker, the player can receive his winnings on all boxes by pressing the "Go on" button. In this case all of the ANTES are paid 1:1 and the BETS are not paid. The player may also choose to exchange the dealer’s card. In this case the dealer’s highest card is exchanged and, as a result, he can get a qualifying hand. This exchange is advantageous when the player has a high poker combination because it provides a chance to significantly increase his winnings. To exchange the dealer’s highest card, the player clicks on the ANTE box. After clicking on this box, the chips will darken and will be removed from the box as payment for the exchange after the player clicks "Go on".
After the player has selected all the boxes that he wishes to participate in the exchange, he continues the game by pressing the "Go on" button. Before this button is pressed, it is possible to cancel a request to exchange the dealer’s card by clicking a second time on the ANTE box.
After pressing the "Go on" button, the game on the boxes where there wasn’t a request for an exchange then ends. If there was a request for an exchange on any of the boxes, the dealer’s highest card is exchanged. If the dealer then qualifies on his 6-card hand, the final results are determined on all boxes remaining in the game. This corresponds to paragraph 12, except for the fact that in this case the ANTE is absent — it has been removed from the table as a payment for the exchange (paragraph 13). If the dealer wins, the player loses only his BET. If the player wins, he will receive the payout for BET, as well as for the ANTE (even though there is no ANTE on the table).
If, after exchanging the dealer’s card, he still doesn’t qualify on his six cards, the deal then ends. The ANTE is not paid and the BET is returned to the player.
In a ‘blind’ game, the player’s opportunities are limited. He cannot fold or purchase a sixth card. Raising the bet is obligatory, and the BET is automatically added to the ANTE. As usual, the BET is equal to twice the ANTE.
Cards dealt to ‘blind’ boxes are revealed after the player has made his final decision on the ‘open’ box. As in the ‘open’ game, the player is allowed to:
- make a bonus bet
- purchase insurance
- exchange the dealer’s highest card.
During the hand, the player can receive promptings that remind him about the game’s rules. Players can cancel these promptings by using the settings.
For players’ convenience, any changes made to the settings will be saved in the parameters of the player’s browser. If the player finishes the game session and then opens a new one, his settings will be automatically restored.
Table 1. Payout for the BET and the Bonus Bet in 2 Plus 4 Poker
|Four of a Kind||20:1||200:1|
|Three of a Kind||3:1||25:1|
2 Plus 4 Poker with No House Edge features a slightly different payout scheme than the traditional 2 Plus 4 Poker. It can be viewed in the game window. Please note that the casino doesn’t have any advantage on the ante wager, but it retains its advantage for any bets on the bonus.