|Written by Vincent Di Mello|
Pai Gow Poker is a combination of Poker and an ancient Chinese game Pai Gow. The object is to divide your seven card hand into a five-card (“Highest”) and a two-card hand (“2nd Highest”). It is played using a standard 53 card deck, including a Joker. The joker can only be used to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, otherwise it is treated as an ace. Player receives seven cards, which he/she splits into two hands – a five card hand and a two card hand. The object is to beat both hands of the dealer.
How To Play:
Begin by selecting a chip and clicking once or multiple times on the designated Bet area in the middle of the table.
The player is dealt seven cards face up. Player selects 2 cards to be moved to the “2nd Highest Hand” or click on the House Way button to let the computer select your hands.
The five-card hand (or the “Highest”) must always outrank the two-card hand (or the “2nd Highest”) hence the names “Highest” and “2nd Highest
The dealer’s cards are revealed. If both the dealer’s hands are higher than the players’, the bet is lost. If one of the players’ hands is higher and the other is lower, the round results as a push. If both of the players’ hands are higher, player wins even money (1 to 1) minus 5% bank commission. In case of an exact match between hands (called a copy) the tie goes to the banker.
The five-card hand is ranked as in Poker, except that an A-2-3-4-5 straight is the second highest straight. The two-card hand can be either a pair or individual cards. The highest two-card hand is a pair of aces and the lowest is a 2-3. Player can divide hand or let the computer split it, using a method called the House Way (see below).
House Way Rules:
The House Way is a set of rules that describes how the dealer arranges his hand. Player can use the House Way also by clicking the House Way button.
The "front" refers to the two card hand and the "back" refers to the five card hand.