Pai Gow Poker Game Rules
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.
Part of the appeal of pai gow poker is that you can
play the game at a land-based or online casino along with other favorites like real money pokies for a long time without losing substantial amounts
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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 10s 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. When playing Pai Gow at online casinos, to do this, 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 (not better than your five-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
Each 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 royal flush.
The only way for the player to win is to win both hands outright.
The house 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 is automatically deducted from the
player's credits. Apart from the commission, all winning wagers
are paid out at even money (1 to 1).
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