Pai Gow Poker Game Rules

Saturday, 29. December 2012

Let’s discover some alternate styles of poker other than holdem, 5 card stud, 5 card draw and omaha high. Yes, double-hand poker. Now you might be wondering that pai gow sounds a little Chinese; yes you’re right, this game is a blending of the Chinese game pai gow and our own American poker
Clearly this isn’t one of the most acclaimed types of poker but still commonly played. It can be played by up to 7 players. It’s played with one deck of cards, with a joker. Interestingly, joker can be used only as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush, a straight flush, or a royal flush. The critical detail here to always remember is aside from the customary ranking of hands we have one more winning hand which is "Five Aces" (4 Aces and the Joker). Astonishingly, five aces beats all other hand including royal flush. Each gambler is dealt 7 cards. The cards are aligned to create 2 hands; a two card hand and a five card hand. The five card hand has to be better or be equal to the two card hand.
After arranging the 2 hands, the cards are laid on the poker table face down. Once down, you can’t switch them. The dealer will flip over their cards and arrange their hands. Each competitors hand is played against the dealer’s hands. Should the player take one hand and loses the other, this is called a "push" and no money is exchanged. If croupier wins both hands then the individual looses their bet the opposite is correct if the player wins both hands. Now if there is a tie, the dealer wins everything. After the hand is competed, the next player clock-wise gets to be the dealer and the next hand is given out.

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