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What is a Four of a Kind in Poker?

Four of a Kind
Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind is one of the best poker hands that you can get. As the name implies, it is made out of four cards of the same kind, or rank. It is also called "quads".

What does Four of a Kind look like?

All four cards in a Four of a Kind are the same rank, except for the extra fifth card. Here are some examples:

  1. A♠, A♥, A♣, A♦, 5♣
  2. J♣, J♠, J♦, J♥, 9♥
  3. 7♦, 7♣, 7♥, 7♠, K♦
  4. 4♥, 4♠, 4♦, 4♣, 10♠

How does Four of a Kind rank?

Although Four of a Kind is not the highest hand in poker, it is still one of the best that players can get. It ranks under a Straight Flush and above a Full House. It also beats a Flush, a Straight, and other lower poker hand values.

What Beats Four of a Kind?
Rank
Hand Name
Example
Hand Description
1
10
suit-hearts
J
suit-hearts
Q
suit-hearts
K
suit-hearts
A
suit-hearts
10, Jack, Queen, King, Ace all in the same suit.
2
4
suit-clubs
5
suit-clubs
6
suit-clubs
7
suit-clubs
8
suit-clubs
Five cards in a row, all in the same suit.
3
10
suit-hearts
7
suit-diamonds
7
suit-clubs
7
suit-hearts
7
suit-spades
The same card in each of the four suits.
4
K
suit-diamonds
K
suit-hearts
K
suit-clubs
J
suit-hearts
J
suit-diamonds
A pair plus three of a kind in the same hand.
5
6
suit-hearts
8
suit-hearts
Q
suit-hearts
3
suit-hearts
10
suit-hearts
Five cards, all in one suit, but not in numerical order.
6
10
suit-diamonds
9
suit-spades
8
suit-hearts
7
suit-spades
6
suit-spades
Five cards in numerical order, but not of the same suit.
7
2
suit-clubs
J
suit-hearts
K
suit-clubs
K
suit-hearts
K
suit-diamonds
Three of one card and two non-paired cards.
8
Q
suit-diamonds
4
suit-hearts
4
suit-diamonds
A
suit-spades
A
suit-diamonds
Two different pairings or sets of the same card in one hand.
9
7
suit-clubs
8
suit-clubs
Q
suit-hearts
5
suit-clubs
5
suit-spades
One pairing of the same card.
10
2
suit-hearts
3
suit-clubs
7
suit-diamonds
Q
suit-diamonds
K
suit-hearts
No matching cards.

The rank of a Four of a Kind hand is determined by the value of the cards. The higher the value, the better the hand is in case two or more players get quads in the same round. As an example, four 6s (plus an extra card) represent a stronger hand than four 5s (plus an extra card), but a weaker one than four 7s (plus an extra card).

How should you play Four of a Kind in Texas Hold’em?

If you think that the strength of a Four of a Kind hand in poker means you’re looking good for a win then you need to reign yourself in. Four of a Kind is a very decent hand to be dealt, but it is also a potential minefield.

Not only do you have to be wary that other players might have struck lucky with two more superior hands in a Royal Flush or Straight Flush, but you’ll also need to be aware of the strength of your own Four of a Kind.

For example, if you have Four of a Kind Aces then you’re in a strong position and can afford to play with a little bit more aggression. If you’re in possession of a low strength Four of a Kind, such as 9s or lower, then you’ll need to tread with caution because somebody else might simply have a stronger Four of a Kind.

Keep an eye on what community cards are down on the table and how other players respond to your pre-turn and pre-river raises.

Four of a Kind Probabilities

There are 13 ranks in a standard deck of 52 cards, each of which comes in four suits. All four cards of the same rank in a hand create a Four of a Kind. With the added fifth card, there are a total of 624 different ways to get Four of a Kind.

In this instance, we will focus on the odds of being dealt the Four of a Kind on the flop. Meaning a player will have five cards – consisting of their two hole cards and the three flop cards.

Number of ways to draw the hand (not including different suits) Number of ways to draw the hand (including different suits) Odds of getting a Four of a Kind Probability of getting a Four of a Kind
156 624 1 / 4,165 0.0240%

The odds of being dealt Four of a Kind on the flop is only the tip of the iceberg. To view a wider range of odds and probabilities of being dealt different hands then check out our very own poker odds calculator.

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FAQS

What is a Four of a Kind in poker?

A hand is called Four of a Kind in poker if four of the five cards are of the same rank, or value. For example, having Jack-Jack-Jack-Jack-5 is Four of a Kind Jacks, also known as Quad Jacks.

What beats Four of a Kind?

Four of a Kind can be beaten by a higher Four of a Kind or by a Straight Flush, including a Royal Straight Flush. In the first scenario, the strength of the hand is given by the value of the four cards, with Ace being the highest. In the second one, any Straight Flush will beat any Four of a Kind.

What can Four of a Kind beat?

Four of a Kind will win over most other poker card hands. It beats a Full House, a Flush, a Straight, Three of a Kind, and so on. It is one of the best winning poker hands in the game.

Can you win with Four of Kind?

The player holding Four of a Kind in Texas Hold'em, and in most other game variants for that matter, will win most of the time. The poker hand probabilities of the opponents getting something better are generally pretty slim.

Which Four of a Kind is the strongest?

If a player holds all four Aces, then that is the strongest Four of a Kind hand that a player can be dealt.