Rules On How To Play Pai Gow Poker
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Pai Gow Poker is a game that has its roots in the ancient Chinese game, Pai
Gow. However, it combined with American Poker and has evolved into the modern
game of Pai Gow Poker. The interesting thing about Pai Gow Poker is that you
can play the game for a long time without losing substantial amounts of money,
that is if you keep your wits about you.
Pai Gow is played with a 53-card deck consisting of a standard 52-card deck
with 1 wild card. The object of the game is to split your hand into a
five-card hand and a two-card hand with both hands beating the dealer's two
hands to win. The wild card is not a true wild card and has specific rules.
The card only acts as an Ace or the fifth card in either a flush or a
straight. It cannot be used to make a pair of 10's or Queens.
After you receive your seven cards you must split them into two hands,
a five-card hand and a two-card hand. The five-card hand must always rank
higher than the two-card hand.
Now, if you are playing a computer type game, most of the time here is
how you work the game. You move the mouse pointer over the
cards you want to make your two-card hand. Click on the two cards one at a
time and they will split out of the deck. Notice that once you have chosen
an eligible two-card hand the split
button becomes available. If you are happy with your choice click on this
split button and you will have your two playing hands. If you are not
satisfied with your choices click on the card or cards which you want to
change and they will go back into your seven-card hand. Now choose the new
cards you wish to play with. You may do this until you press the split button
at which point your hands are locked-in. The dealer will then split his hand
and the game will play itself out.
If this is your first time playing Pai Gow Poker, here is a tip:
Make sure your five card hand is your STRONGER hand... IE, don't create a
pair in your two card hand and leave your five card hand with nothing, or,
put two aces in your two card hand and leave two 3's in your five card hand. If
you don't win the five card hand, the two card hand won't matter.
Each Pai Gow Poker five-card hand is ranked according to the standard poker hand hierarchy.
Remember that because of the wild card, you have the potential to have five
Aces, which beats a royal flush. Your two-card hand can either be a pair or
no pair, therefore, your highest possible two-card hand would be a pair of
Aces. The wild card can function in several ways. It can act as an Ace in
any hand or the fifth card in a straight, a flush, a straight flush, or a
The only way for the player to win is to win both hands outright. The dealer
wins if the dealer wins both hands outright OR wins one hand and the other
hand is a draw. Any other combination results in a push. This will lead to
many draws, so there will be a 5% commission on all player wins, which will
be automatically deducted from the player's account. Apart from the
commission, all winning wagers are paid out at even money (1 to 1).
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