Pai Gow Poker

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pai-gow-pokerEach player is initially dealt 7 cards, as well as the dealer. The ultimate goal of Pai Gow is to beat the dealer by making the best 5-card 2-card combinations from the 7 cards you are dealt. In the event that each of these 2 hands are both good enough to beat the dealer’s combination, then you win the round.

 

Once the game is signaled to start, you will have the opportunity to put out a wager before any of the cards are dealt. This can be a very small bet of 1-2 dollars worth of chips, though can also be rather substantial. Betting high amounts of money can be considered risky, although players will always have a 50/50 chance of winning, giving them relatively good odds that a large bet will pay off.

Once you have received all 7 cards face down, it’s important to remember that your 5-card combination must be better than that of the 2-card combo. Upon deciding which cards will make up your 5-card and 2-card hands, you will then choose to “split”, which officially separates the cards. Both of your hands must be better than the dealer’s 2 hands in order to win. If only 1 of them is, then your bet will be returned to you and the round will be considered a push. Unfortunately, should you tie with the dealer, they are considered the winner.

In general, the card combinations and values are similar to that of typical poker. Players will attempt to earn a high card or pair for their 2-card hand, while the 5-card hand can consist of any number of card combinations, the rarer the combination, the higher a chance the player has to eventually beat the dealer. These include 2 pair, 3 of a kind, straight, flush, full house, 4 of a kind, straight flush and royal flush. As in poker, Aces are high and the royal flush consists of a 10, jack, queen, king and ace.

The way in which Pai Gow differs from poker is that the highest possible winning card combination is not a royal flush, but rather what is known as a 5 of a kind. This rare and exceedingly difficult hand to obtain is comprised of four aces and a joker. Players that find themselves with this hand will automatically beat whatever hand the dealer has, as there is only 1 joker included with this deck.

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5 Comments

  1. whether Pai Gow Poker games can be played on android phone …? whether it can play with friends or just against the computer machine only /

  2. I love that in this game, players will always have a 50/50 chance of winning, giving them relatively good odds that a large bet will pay off.

  3. i like this game, requires observation and strategy to play this game, when playing this game, we have to understand the entire value of the card that can give victory

  4. I have never played this game. How,does it work?
    Is it similar to Omaha in Poker?
    Could someone help me understand this game better as I do not want to lose money playing it.

  5. # ardod : this is easy to play, you must have 2 cards above, 5 cards below must be higher in value than the cards held by the dealer, and of course you have to understand the level of such cards in poker game as an example include 2 pair, 3 of a kind, straight, flush, full house, 4 of a kind, straight flush and royal flush. As in poker, Aces are high and the royal flush consists of a 10, jack, queen, king and ace.

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