Pai Gow Poker is similar to Draw poker with a few exceptions. The game of Pai Gow is played with a standard deck of 52 cards and with one joker added. The joker is used as a wild card but can only be used as an ace or to complete a flush, straight, or a straight flush.

Your only opponent in this game is the Dealer and he has one advantage that you don't have. He will win any hand that have an identical value (copy hand). The house (casino) will also deduct a 5% commission when you win a hand. The house or casinos advantage in Pai Gow poker is approximately 2.5%.

All the players at the table can chose in turn to bank the game, if they have enough money to cover all of the other player's bets.
When you act as the dealer than the house has no advantage.

Pai gow poker is played on a table similar to blackjack, with a maximum of six players not including the dealer.

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Rolling of a dice (live-casino) or using a random number generator (online) will be used to decide who gets the first cards.

The game of Pai Gow Poker begins with everyone at the table making a bet. You will than be dealt seven cards , and you must create two hands from these seven cards. One hand will be played as a five card high hand and the other hand will be played for a two card high hand. Your five card hand must rank higher than your two card hand.

The Dealer will also get seven cards and split them in to two groups. Both your hands must beat both the dealers hands for you to win the whole pot. The pot is pushed(tied) if you win one hand each. You lose if the Dealer wins both hands.

Hand rankings in Pai Gow poker is the same as for Draw poker except that A-K-Q-J-10 ranks as the highest straight. The second highest straight is A-2-3-4-5 and the third highest is K-Q-J-10-9. Other straights ranks like Draw poker and each suit is of equal rank.

The highest possible five card hand is five of a kind ( A-A-A-A-Joker) and it beats a royal flush. The highest possible two card hand is a pair of Aces and the lowest is 2-3.

The dealer will turn over and set his hand after all the player's at the table has set (put into groups) their hands. He will than start comparing his hand, (starting with the player to his immediate right), to all the player's hands. The bets will be taken (you lose), paid (you win) or knocked (tied).

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You have to win both hands to show a profit in Pay Gow poker, so how you group your cards and how much you bet in pay gow poker is utmost important.

A pair will normaly be the winning hand in the two cards group, and two pairs normaly wins the five card group. The only thing that might give you an headace in Pay Gow poker is to know when you should split your two pairs, and when you shouldn't.

A general rule is to not split pairs under seven and pairs higher than nine, if you can create an Ace high two card hand.

A hand like A-9-9-7-7-6-2 should than be set as A-6 as a two card hand, and 9-9-7-7-2 as a five card hand.

If you are dealt Q-J-9-9-7-7-2 than your best strategy would be to make a pair of sevens your two card hand and Q-J-9-9-2 your five card hand.

No pair hands like K-J-9-8-6-5-3, should be played as J-9 as your two card hand and K-8-6-5-3 as your five card hand.


One pair. K-K-10-8-7-5-3: 10-8 / K-K-7-5-3.
Two pair. J-J-9-9-8-6-5: 9-9 / J-J-8-6-5.
Three Pairs. K-K-J-J-8-8-5. K-K / J-J-8-8-5.
Three of a kind. J-J-J-9-6-5-4: 9-6 / J-J-J-5-4.
Three of a kind. A-A-A-9-6-5-4: A-9 / A-A-6-5-4.
Two sets. K-K-K-9-9-9-7: K-K / K-9-9-9-7.
Straight. 10-9-8-7-6-5-5: 10-9 / 8-7-6-5-4.
Straight with a pair. J-J-10-9-8-7-6. J-J / 10-9-8-7-6.
Full House. J-J-9-9-9-7-6: J-J / 9-9-9-7-6.
Four of a kind. Q-Q-Q-Q-9-8-5: Q-Q / Q-Q-9-8-5.
Four of a kind. 9-9-9-9-A-6-4: A-6 / 9-9-9-9-4.
Four of a Kind. 5-5-5-5-K-7-3: K-7 / 5-5-5-5-3.
Five of a Kind. A-A-A-A-JOKER-6-5: A-A / A-A-JOKER-6-5.

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