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
- A single deck of 53 cards is used (standard 52-card poker deck plus one Joker).
- Seven cards are dealt to the player face up.
- Seven cards are dealt to the dealer face down.
- Each 7-card hand must be split into a 5-card hand and a 2-card hand.
- The 5-card hand must be of higher poker rank than the 2-card hand.
- The Joker can be used to complete a straight, a flush or a straight flush, but otherwise is treated as an Ace.
- When you are satisfied with the arrangement of your hand, click Done to compare your two hands against the dealer’s two hands.
- You have the option of having your hands automatically arranged for you according to the House Way.
- The player’s 5 card hand is compared to the dealer’s 5 card hand.
- The player’s 2 card hand is compared to the dealer’s 2 card hand.
- If both of the player’s hands are of higher rank, the player wins even money, less a 5% commission to the House.
- 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.
- If both of the player’s hands are lower than the dealer’s, the player loses his bet.
- 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.
- Place your bet in the Bet circle in the middle of the table. The table limits are $2 minimum and $100 maximum per game.
- Click Deal.
- 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.
- Clicking Done will reveal the dealer’s hand and bets will be settled.
- Click New Game to play again.
- On player wins, the payout is 1-to-1, less a 5% commission to the House.
- Tie games are a push, and the player’s bet is returned.