Pai Gow Poker

Pai gow poker is an entertaining and amusing variation of poker game that includes skill and luck. The game is between the dealer and the player only. The player will be given two hands of card instead of having one. Then, they will compete on making the best possible hands.



Pai Gow Poker - Wild Card


Pai gow poker is quite different from other poker game. It is played with a 53-card deck. The deck consists of a standard deck of 52 and the 53rd card is the joker or the wild card. The wild card can act as an Ace on the game. Adding to that, it can also complete three hand combinations, a Straight, a Flush, or a Straight Flush. If used in a flush, the wild card will be the highest unused card.


Pai Gow Poker - Bet and the Hands


Like other poker game, Pai gow poker start the game as soon as the player place his bet. The chips are denominated as $1, $5, $10, $25 and $100. Then, the players and the dealer will receive seven cards. It has to be arranged in one hand of five and one hand of two. The hand of five is known as the 'High Hand' while the hand of two is known as the 'Low Hand'. In arranging the cards, the hand of two must not have a higher value than to your hand of five otherwise both hand will lose. Likewise to the player's action, the dealer will arrange his cards into two separate hands as well.



Pai Gow Poker - Hand Rankings


The Pai gow poker hand rankings is typically the same as the classic poker rankings.


Five Aces - four aces and the joker

Royal Flush - 10-J-Q-K-A coming from the same suit

Straight Flush - five consecutive cards on the same suit such -6-7-8-9-10 of Clubs

Four-of-a-Kind - our cards of the same rank

Full House - consists of Three-of-a-Kind and one Pair

Flush - five cards of the same suit regardless of their ranking

Straight - five consecutive cards coming from different suits

Three-of-a-Kind - three cards of the same ranking

Two Pair - two cards of the same rank and another two more of the same rank

A Pair - two cards of equal rank

High Card - The highest ranking single card (A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2)