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Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker

Game Description

Pai Gow Poker combines the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow with casino poker to create an exciting betting experience. The game is very simple to learn, it just requires you to form two poker hands in each round and as long as your hands are better than the dealer’s are then you win.  

Pai Gow Poker

How To Play 

The aim of the game is to divide your seven cards into a five-card hand called the ‘Highest’ and a two-card hand, called the ‘2nd Highest’. The five-card hand is ranked as in Poker, except that an A-2-3-4-5 straight is the second highest straight. The two-card hand can be either a pair or individual cards. The highest two-card hand is a pair of aces and the lowest is a 2-3. You can divide your hand yourself, or let the computer split it, using a method called the House Way. 

The game is played with a standard deck of cards that includes a Joker. The Joker can be used to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, otherwise it is considered to be an Ace.  

At the start of a round, you need to place your bet. You will then be dealt seven face up cards and the dealer receives seven facedown cards. You then need to divide your hands as explained above.  

If you choose the House Way then the game will divide the cards for you according to a set of rules. You can choose to arrange the hands yourself and you can find detailed instructions on the best hand combinations in the game’s rules. However, the computer will always choose the best possible arrangement for you and by using the House Way you can greatly speed up the game play. The dealer is not able to rearrange their cards, rather they will be revealed in the order that they were dealt.  

After the hands have been arranged your hands are compared to the dealer’s and the winner is determined. If both the dealer’s hands are higher then you lose your bet, if one of the dealer’s hands is higher and one is lower then it is a push and your bet is returned, if both of your hands are higher then you win even money on your bet minus a 5% bank commission. 

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