Guide to Pai Gow Poker
|If youve grown tired of your
weekly Holdem game you wont find a better game to transition into than Pai Gow
Pai Gow Poker is an Americanized version of Pai Gow, a Chinese gambling game played with a
set of dominoes. The biggest similarity it has to the Chinese version is that it stretches
your bankroll more than almost any other casino game, making it a great game to sit back
The game is played with a 53-card deck consisting of 52 cards and a Joker. The Joker can
only be used to complete straights or flushes; otherwise it counts as an Ace.
How the game works
The way the game works is the player receives seven cards, which then must be split into
one five-card hand and one two-card hand that is better than the dealers five-card
and two-card hand. This is done by the player selecting two cards for one hand then
clicking the Split button. Keep in mind the five-card hand must exceed the
Where this game displays its longevity is that if the dealer wins the five-card hand and
you (the player) wins the two-card hand, or vice versa, its a push and the wager is
returned. You can go quite a few hands without losing or gaining anything. Some would find
that annoying, but if youre someone who would likes to spend a couple of hours
gaming you wont find a better game of cards.
The hands are ranked according to standard poker rules with one exception: the Ace-2-3-4-5
straight is the second highest straight. 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. Also, keep in mind that the best
two-card hand is a pair of aces; the two-card hand cannot have a flush (since a flush
requires five cards).
The chart for every hand in Pai Gow Poker is located in the Pai Gow Poker casino school
Standard Texas Holdem can drain your wallet pretty fast unless youve been
playing for a while. If youre looking for some bang for your buck Pai Gow Poker is a
perfect place to start.
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