Pai Gow Poker Rules

Pai Gow Poker Rules

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Pai Gow Poker is a fascinating game that combines familiar poker cards with some of the strategy of the centuries-old Chinese domino game Pai Gow. It is played with a 53-card deck (including one Joker), and each participant is dealt 7 cards.

The object is to arrange the seven cards into the best 5-card and 2-card hands possible, with the stipulation that the 5-card hand has to be of higher value than the 2-card hand. To win, your 5-card hand has to beat the dealer’s 5-card hand and your 2-card hand has to beat the dealer’s 2-card hand. A winning combination pays 1-to-1, less a 5% commission to the house.

Rules of Play

The Deal

  1. A single deck of 53 cards is used (standard 52-card poker deck plus one Joker).
  2. Seven cards are dealt to the player face up.
  3. Seven cards are dealt to the dealer face down.

Arranging Hands

  1. Each 7-card hand must be split into a 5-card hand and a 2-card hand.
  2. The 5-card hand must be of higher poker rank than the 2-card hand.
  3. The Joker can be used to complete a straight, a flush or a straight flush, but otherwise is treated as an Ace.
  4. When you are satisfied with the arrangement of your hand, click Done to compare your two hands against the dealer’s two hands.
  5. You have the option of having your hands automatically arranged for you according to the House Way.

Comparing Hands

  1. The player’s 5 card hand is compared to the dealer’s 5 card hand.
  2. The player’s 2 card hand is compared to the dealer’s 2 card hand.
  3. If both of the player’s hands are of higher rank, the player wins even money, less a 5% commission to the House.
  4. If the player wins one comparison and loses the other, it results in a Tie. This is a push, and the player’s bet is returned.
  5. If both of the player’s hands are lower than the dealer’s, the player loses his bet.
  6. When two compared hands are of the same rank, (for example, if both the player and the dealer have a Queen and Jack in their 2-card hands), it results in a Copy and the dealer wins that comparison.

To Play

  1. Place your bet in the Bet circle in the middle of the table. The table limits are $2 minimum and $100 maximum per game.
  2. Click Deal.
  3. Arrange your hands by moving 2 cards into the 2nd Highest spot and then click Done – or click House Way to have your hand arranged for you according to the method the dealer must use.
  4. Clicking Done will reveal the dealer’s hand and bets will be settled.
  5. Click New Game to play again.

Payouts

  1. On player wins, the payout is 1-to-1, less a 5% commission to the House.
  2. Tie games are a push, and the player’s bet is returned.

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