Playing Pai Gow Poker Online

PAI GOW POKER OVERVIEW

Pai Gow Poker is a combination of Poker and an ancient Chinese game called Pai Gow. It is a game between you and the dealer and is played with a standard deck of 53 cards that includes a Joker. The deck is shuffled between every game.

Both the player and the dealer are dealt 7 cards and the object is to divide your seven cards into a five-card hand (the Highest) and a two-card hand (second Highest). If your Highest and second Highest hands are both stronger than the dealers corresponding hands, you win.

HOW TO PLAY PAI GOW POKER

Place a wager by clicking on the bet circle then click Deal. Select two of the seven cards you are dealt to make your second Highest hand or click House Way to have the game choose for you. Click Play when you've selected your second Highest hand.

PAYOUT TABLE

All wagers are paid at odds of 1:1 minus a 5 % commission fee.

RULES OF PAI GOW

The second Highest hand cannot have a value greater than the Highest hand.

The Joker can only be used to complete a Straight, Flush, Straight Flush or Royal Flush.

The Joker is considered equal to the value of an Ace, if used in conjunction with other Aces. You can therefore use the Joker to make a pair with an Ace.

If your cards do not contain any pairs or better, the card of highest value must remain in the Highest Hand.

If both the player and the dealer have high cards of the same value, the second highest value cards are compared.

If your 2nd Highest hand value is equal to the dealer's, the dealer wins.

If your Highest Hand value is equal to the dealer's, the dealer wins.

If both the player and the dealer have the same Highest hand or the same 2nd Highest hand, the dealer's hand wins.

If you win one hand and lose the other, the game is a Push. Your wager is returned to you.

A Straight completed by a Ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace is the highest ranking straight. An Ace, Two, Three, Four and Five is the second highest ranking straight. All other straight hand combinations are ranked according to their value, and the highest ranking straight wins.

PAI GOW POKER: THE HOUSE WAY RULES

No Pair: Place the highest card in the back and the next two highest cards in the front.

One Pair: Place the pair in back and the next two highest cards in the front.

Two Pair: Use the following groups to determine how to play a two pair:
2 through 6: Low pair
7 through 10: Medium pairs
Jack through king: High pairs
Low pair and low pair: Split unless holding a king or better, then play two pair in the back.
Low pair and medium pair: Split unless holding a king or better, then play two pair in the back.
Low pair and high pair: Split unless holding an ace, then play two pair in the back.
Medium pair and medium pair: Split unless holding an ace, then play two pair in the back.
Medium pair and high pair: Always split.
High pair and high pair: Always split.
Pair of aces and any other pair: Always split.

Three Pair: Always play highest pair in front.

Three of a kind: Always play three of a kind in back unless they are aces, then play a pair of aces in back and one ace in front.

Three of a kind twice: Always play highest pairinfront.

Straights, flushes, straight flushes, and royal flush: This is a combination of any King, and any other two cards with a value lower than a King.
With no pair: When choosing whether to play a straight, flush, or straight flush play the category which will allow the highest two cards in front.
With 6th or 7th card: Play the lower straight or flush in the back to place the highest cards in front.
With one pair: Play pair in the front only if a straight, flush, or straight can be played in the back.
With two pair: Use two pair rule.
With three pair: Use three pair rule.
With three of a kind: Play pair in front.
With full house: Use full house rule.

Full house: Always split unless the pair is twos and you have an ace and a king to play in the front.

Full house with three of a kind and two pairs: Play the highest pair in front.

Full house with three of a kind twice: Always play the highest pair in front.

Four of a kind: Play according to the rank of the four of a kind:
2 through 6: Always keep together.
7 through 10: Split unless a king or better can be played in front.
Jack through king: Split unless an ace can be played in front.
Aces: Always split.

Four of a kind with a pair: Play pair in front.

Four of a kind and three of a kind: Play pair in front from the three of a kind.

Five aces: Split aces and play three aces in back and two aces in front unless you have a pair of kings, then play five aces in back and kings in front.