Pai Gow Game Rules
Pai Gow Poker is a game that’s really grown in popularity recently with players both online and offline, so it’s been popping up as a mainstream game offered by many casinos. Unlike it other forms of Poker, in Pai Gow Poker, you play only against the dealer, and in order 2 win you must have 2 hands ranked higher than the dealer’s.
Starting to Play Pai Gow Poker
The way Pai Gow Poker starts depends on whether you’re playing the game online or offline. If you’re playing online, you’ll simply be dealt a stack of 7 cards. Playing at a live card game, the dealer will lay out 7 stacks of 7 cards from a 52-card deck, and will roll a set of dice to determine which players receive each stack of cards.
After all players have their cards, you need to divide your 7-card hand into two separate hands; one of 2-cards, one of 5-cards. When cards are split, you need to make sure that your 5-card hand has a higher ranking than the 2-card hand, otherwise you receive a foul and forfeit your bet.
Once players have separated their 2 hands, each hand is ranked based on Pai Gow Poker rules and ranking system. Once all of the players have revealed their hands, the dealer’s hands are turned face-up, and each player’s hand is compared to the dealer’s. In order to win, both of your hands must be higher than the dealer’s. In Pai Gow Poker, if you win, your bet is matched by the banker; however, the house does always take a 5% commission every time the player wins a hand.
Pai Gow Poker Ranking
Rank 1 – 5 Aces – 5 Aces and 1 Joker
Rank 2 – Royal Flush – Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, which are all from the same suit
Rank 3 – Straight Flush – 5 cards of the same suit all in sequence
Rank 4 – 4 of a Kind – 4 cards of the same rank (i.e. K,K,K,K)
Rank 5 – Full House – 3 of a kind and a pair
Rank 6 – Flush – 5 cards of the same suit
Rank 7 – 5 cards in sequence
Rank 8 – Three of a Kind – 3 cards of the same rank (i.e. J, J, J)
Rank 9 – 2 Pair – 2 cards of one rank plus 2 of another (i.e. K,K, A,A)
Rank 10 – 1 Pair – 2 cars of the same rank
Pai Gow Poker Strategy
Pai Gow Poker is part chance, part strategy. The strategy in this game comes into play when you need to decide how to split your 7-card hand into a 5-card hand and a 2-card hand. Here are some guidelines:
You’re dealt a hand with no pairs, no straights and no flush – use your highest card in your 5-card hand, and your second and third highest cards in your 2-card hand;
You have 1 pair and no flush – use your pair in your 5-card hand, and the next two highest cards in the 2-card hand;
You have 2 pairs – use the higher pair in your 5-card hand and use the lower pair in your 2-card hand;
You have 3 pairs – use your two lower pairs in your 5-card hand, and the highest pair in your 2-card hand;
You have a straight and 2 pairs – play it like 2 pairs, and ignore the straight;
You have a 5-card straight – use the straight in your 5-card hand and use the other two cards in the 2-card hand;
You have a 6-cars straight – in the 2-card hand, use the two highest cards and then use the rest in the 5-card hand;
You have a flush and 2 pairs – play it as 2 pairs only;
You have a flush – in the 2-card hand, use the two highest cards possible without breaking up the flush, and play the flush in the 5-card hand;
You have a full house – in the 2-card hand play the pair, and in the 5-card hand, play the three of a kind.