Pai Gow Poker Rules

by Ali on October 16th, 2013

Let’s learn some alternate forms of poker other than Texas holdem, 7 card stud, five card draw and omaha hold’em. Yes, pai gow poker. Now you must be thinking that double-hand sounds a bit Chinese; well you are right, this casino game is a blending of the Chinese game pai gow and our very own us poker
Absolutely this isn’t one of the highly acclaimed styles of poker but still broadly played. It can be played by up to 7 players. It’s played with 1 deck of 52 cards, plus a joker. Interestingly, joker can only be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush, straight flush, or royal flush. The important aspect here to clearly recall is aside from the typical ranking of hands we’ve one more winning hand that is "Five Aces" (four Aces and the Joker). Surprisingly, five aces beats all other hand including royal flush. Every gambler is dealt 7 cards. These cards are aligned to make two hands; a two card hand and a 5 card hand. The 5 card hand has to rank higher or be equal to the two card hand.
After setting up the two hands, the cards are laid on the poker table face down. Once down, you can no longer change them. The croupier will turn over his cards and make his hands. Each players hand is compared to the dealer’s hands. If the player wins one hand and lose the other, this is referred to as "push" and absolutely no cash is exchanged. If croupier wins the two hands then the bettor gives up their bet the opposite is correct if the player wins both hands. Now if there is a tie, the dealer wins everything. Once the hand is competed, the next person clock-wise gets to be the dealer and the next hand is dealt.

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