Pai Gow Poker combines elements of the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow and the American game of Poker. Pai Gow Poker is played with a traditional deck of 52 playing cards plus one Joker. The Joker is used only as an Ace, or to complete a straight, a flush or a straight flush.
How To Play
The dealer starts a game by rolling three dice. The total of the dice ONLY determines which player receives the first set of cards. Some Games use electronic random number generators in lieu of dice. Each player receives seven cards and creates two hands simultaneously, a “high hand” or “back hand” (consisting of five cards) and a “second high hand” or “front hand” (consisting of two cards). Both hands must be higher than the bank hands to win. If one hand is higher and the other is lower, it is a tie. If both of the player’s hands are lower than the bank hands, the player loses. Pai Gow Poker is essentially playing two separate Poker hands according to traditional Poker rankings.
Payoffs are even money less a 5% commission on all winning wagers.
Player’s Hint: The five-card “back hand” must be a higher-ranking hand than the two-card “front hand.” The dealer will be glad to explain the rankings and assist you in arranging your hands if you have any difficulty.