What is 4 aces in poker?

There are many beautiful and strong combinations in poker. Some cause special awe among players – for example, four aces at once. This is understandable! A pair of aces is already the strongest preflop hand in Texas Holdem and also makes the strongest three-of-a-kind.

Aces can get even stronger! This article is about a specific type, known as four-of-a-kind aces, or quad aces.

Phil Ivey's quad of aces against Sam Greenwood's nut flush at the Sochi High Roller

In Texas Holdem, Omaha, and several other kinds of poker, aces are the highest-ranked cards. However, the answer to “Are aces high or low in poker?” isn’t simple, because they also act as the low card in straights. In a straight from ace to 5, the ace represents a 1.

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Four aces in poker is a combination called four of a kind and quads. The probability of hitting it is only 0.25%, but if you play many tournaments, cash tables, or spins, it will appear more often.

You can collect 4 aces in poker in one of three ways:

  • Pocket Pair and Board: A pocket pair of aces and two more Aces on the board. Winning a large pot will most often be problematic: one of your opponents also needs to collect a strong combination to feel confident – for example, a flush.
Even A10, A9, and A6 beat the flush, but its hard to fold sometimes
  • One Ace in Hand: One Ace in hand, 3 on the board. When opponents see three Aces on the board, they are unlikely to believe you have a fourth – the probability is very low. They will feel comfortable with full houses and may give you many chips.
This is a very tricky position for flushes, but not impossible to escape
  • All Aces on Board: All 4 aces on the board. In this case, quad aces will be the best combination for all participants in the hand. The player with the highest kicker will take the pot. If the fifth card on the board is a King, all participants will split the pot (even the player with pocket Kings). The best scenario for players is to have a King kicker here, giving them the best quad aces.
Four aces on the board means the highest kicker wins

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What beats 4 aces in poker?

Four aces are the third-highest hand in Texas Holdem, only losing to the straight flush and royal flush.

When mastering the rules of poker, you must first understand all possible combinations. We have ranked them from weakest to strongest:

1. High card (kicker) – No one has a pair, the highest card wins.

2. A pair – Two cards of the same value.

3. Two pair – Two matches of two different cards.

4. Set (trips, three-of-a-kind) – Three cards of the same value.

5. Straight – Five sequential cards. For example, 2-3-4-5-6. To collect a straight, the Ace can be the weakest card: A-2-3-4-5, called a "wheel". But A-K-4-3-2 is not a straight!

6. Flush – Five cards of the same suit.

7. Full house – A combination of a set and a pair. For example, A-A-A-K-K.

8. Four-of-a-kind – (quads)Four cards of the same value.

9. Straight flush – A combination of straight and flush, when the values of five suited cards are in order.

10. Royal flush – Straight flush from Ten to Ace.

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