Four Card Prime is played with a 52 card deck on a blackjack table. There are three circles in front of each player marked: Aces Up, Ante and 1x to 3x Ante. The play begins with the player making independent wagers on either the Aces Up or Ante portion of the game or both by placing the bet in the corresponding circle. You must bet the same amounts on each game if you choose to play both games.
Although it is called Four Card Prime the player is dealt five cards face down and must make the best four card hand. The dealer is dealt six cards which are used to make the best four card hand. One of the dealers cards is dealt face up.
Unlike Caribbean Stud and Three Card Poker, the dealer does not have to qualify in order for the game to continue. After looking at your cards you can fold and lose your Ante bet or make an additional Play bet to continue. The minimum bet you can make must be equal to your original bet but you can elect to make a bet up to three times the amount of your original Ante bet.