Pai Gow Poker Review

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Pai Gow poker

Pai Gow Poker is free pokies game that can be played with a deck of 53 cards. A normal deck has 52 cards, and a Pai Gow deck of cards is a normal deck plus one joker. Pai Gow is a very different poker game then the rest. Each player and the dealer are dealt 7 cards. These 7 cards are used to make a 5 card hand of poker and a 2 card hand of poker. The objective in Pai Gow is to make a better 5 card hand and a better 2 card hand then the dealer can make.

The rules of the game are simple to follow.  There is one joker card in play. The joker can be used to complete a straight, a flush, or straight flush. Otherwise the joker is considered an Ace. The 5 card hand is ranked according to standard poker rules:  Ace-2-3-4-5 is the second highest straight, behind Ace-King-Queen-Jack-Ten and 5 Aces is possible with the joker and is the highest hand that can be made.
The 2 card hand will always be either a pair or two different cards. A pair of aces is the highest ranked two card hand, and the worst 2 card hand is 2-3  Your 5 card hand must be better then the 2 card hand. If you have an ace in the two card hand you better have a pair in the 5 card hand. If you have a pair in the 2 card hand you need to have at least a higher pair in the 5 card hand. If your two card hand ends up being higher then the 5 card hand, you will automatically lose both hands and your bet.

You win your bet minus a 5% commission taken by the dealer when you win both the 5 card hand and the two card hand.

The House Way is the way that the Dealer will play his cards. If you understand this, you can avoid getting beat on both low and high hands. Here is what you need to know:

  1. Cards ranked 2 to 6 are considered Low; cards 7 to 10 are Medium; jack to ace are High.
  2. When the Dealer has 2 Pairs: The dealer will split the pairs up and put the lower of the two pairs in the Low Hand if they have two medium or low pairs, except when the dealer also has a King or Ace.
  3. If the Dealer has a High Pair and a Low Pair, the Dealer will put the low pair in his Low Hand unless the Dealer also has an Ace. If the Dealer has two high pairs, a high pair and medium pair or a pair of Aces and any other pair, the Dealer will always split the two pairs
  4. If the Dealer has a Straight or Flush, the dealer will only break it up if they have one of the following: a. Pair of Aces and any other pair b. Two pairs 10’s or higher c. Two pairs and an Ace (the Ace is used in the Low Hand)
  5. If the Dealer has a Four of a Kind: if the rank is Low then it is kept intact; if it is medium then it will be split unless the dealer also has an Ace and a face card; if it is high then it will be split unless the dealer also has a medium or high pair.
  6. If the Dealer has High Card, then the dealer will take the 2nd and 3rd highest card to make the low hand. If the Dealer has One Pair, then the dealer will take the highest two remaining cards to make the low hand.
  7. If the Dealer has Three Pairs, then the dealer will put the highest ranked pair in the low hand. If the Dealer has a Three of a Kind, the dealer will only break it up if it is three Aces and one is needed for the low hand.
  8. If the Dealer has a Full House, then the dealer will split it up and put the pair in the low hand, except if the pair is a pair of two’s and an Ace/King can be played.

If each of the player’s hands beats each of the banker’s corresponding hands, then he wins the bet. If only one of his hands beats the banker then he pushes (ties) in which case neither he nor the banker wins the bet. If both of his hands lose to the banker then he loses.

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