Pai Gow Poker Game Rules


Posted by Mara | Posted in Poker | Posted on 06-06-2010

Now let’s learn some different kinds of poker other than texas hold’em, 7 card stud, 5 card draw and omaha hi-low. Yes, pai gow poker. Now you might be wondering that double-hand sounds a little Chinese; well you are right, this game is a mixture of the Chinese game pai gow and poker
Definitely this is not one of the most acclaimed types of poker but still widely played. It can be played by up to seven players. It’s played with one deck of 52 cards, with a joker. Interestingly, joker can only be used as an ace, or to finish off a straight, flush, straight flush, or royal flush. The essential aspect here to clearly recall is apart from the normal ranking of hands we have an additional winning hand which is "Five Aces" (4 Aces and the Joker). Astonishingly, five aces beats all other hand including royal flush. Each player is dealt 7 cards. The cards are aligned to create 2 hands; a two card hand and a 5 card hand. The five card hand must be better or be equivalent to the two card hand.
After arranging the 2 hands, the cards are positioned on the poker table face down. Once on the table, you are no longer allowed to switch them. The croupier will flip over his cards and make his hands. Every players hand is played against the dealer’s hands. If the player wins one hand and loses the other, this is referred to as "push" and no cash is lost or won. If dealer wins both hands then the gambler looses their wager and vice versa. Now if there is a tie, the croupier wins all. After the hand is played, the next person clock-wise becomes the dealer and the next hand is given out.

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