Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker

Game Description

If you’re familiar with the classic game of Poker then test your skill by learning to play Pai Gow Poker – it will surely feel like a breath of fresh air. This American take on the classic Chinese pastime is played with a standard 52-card deck, plus one joker.

The player faces off against the dealer in this online casino game. Once your bet is placed, you are dealt seven cards. Split your cards into two hands with the 5-card hand being of greater value than the 2-card hand. If both of your hands beat the dealer’s, your skill has proven you wise and you wind up the victor.

 

How To Play Pai Gow Poker

 

Rules

  • The 5-card hand must rank higher than the 2-card hand.
  • Standard poker ranking rules apply (see below).
  • A joker can only be used to complete straights or flushes, otherwise it counts as an ace.
  • The dealer wins any tie.
  • The player wins if both their 5-card and 2-card hands are higher than the dealer's.
  • If the player wins one hand and the dealer wins the other there is a push.
     

Ranks

The hands are ranked according to standard poker rules, except for an Ace-2-3-4-5 straight, which is ranked as the second-highest straight. Also, the best 2-card hand is a pair of aces, and a 2-card hand doesn't allow flushes.

Straights rank, from highest to lowest:

  • Ace-K-Q-J-10,
  • Ace-2-3-4-5,
  • K-Q-J-10-9,
  • 6-5-4-3-2.

Hand Name

Description

Example

Five of a Kind

4 aces plus the Joker

AS, AH, AD, AC, Joker

Royal Flush

10, J, Q, K, A of same suit

10H, JH, QH, KH, AH

Straight Flush

In sequence, 5 cards of same suit

3S, 4S, 5S, 6S, 7S

Four of a Kind

4 cards of same rank

6D, 6S, 6C, 6H

Full House

3 of a kind, plus a pair

2H, 2D, 2S, 3H, 3S

Flush

5 cards of same suit

2D, 4D, 6D, 8D, 9D,

Straight

5 cards in sequence

3H, 4C, 5H, 6S, 7D

Three of a Kind

3 cards of same rank

7H, 7S, 7D

Two Pair

2 pairs of different rank

4H, 4S, 6D, 6S

One Pair

1 pair (2 cards) of same rank

KD, KH

High Card

5 cards of different ranks and suits

AH, KS, 10D, 5C, 2C

 

Payout

Winnings paid are even, minus a 5% commission. If you bet $100, the winning hand would return the bet amount plus an additional $95. The game will round up to the next $0.25 when taking commissions.

 

Button Descriptions

  • Bet - Used to place a bet and select the chip value you want to bet.
  • Deal- Used to start the game after you place a wager. You get 7 cards face up and the dealer gets 7 cards face down.
  • Split- To split the first two cards dealt into 2 hands. You have to click on the 2 cards that will make up the 2 card hand before you click 'split'.