Pai Gow Poker

The game of Pai Gow Poker puts together the elements of the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow and the American game of Poker. The game is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards that includes one joker to make 53 cards. In this game the joker can only be used as an Ace, to complete a straight, to complete a flush or to complete a straight flush. The game starts with each player at the table being dealt seven cards which they then arrange into two different hands, one that contains two cards and one that contains five cards. The rankings of the hands are based on the basic poker hand rankings. Therefore the highest two card hand would consist of two Aces, and the highest five card hand would be a Royal Flush.

This next part of the rules is very important; the five card hand that you have made must be higher ranking than the two card hand that you have made. The player has to set the hands up so that the five card hand shows as being higher than the two card hand, if you ever need help with this, just ask the dealer and they will help as much as they can. The objective of this game is for both of the playerís two different hands to rank higher than the two hands that the dealer has. The players low hand (two card hand) must rank higher than the dealers low hand and the players five card hand (high hand) must rank higher than the dealers high hand, if one of the hands ranks higher and the other one doesnít it is considered a tie and the dealer wins all ties. If the player wins one hand but loses the other one, it is a push; in this circumstance no money exchanges hands. If the player wins the hands then they are paid even money minus a 5% commission, losing hands lose the players money wagered.

There are a couple of rules that should be known when new to the game, once the Banker exposes his cards, the players canít touch theirs. Also the players are not allowed to show their hands to anyone or talk to anyone about their hands before all of the cards on the table are exposed. And always remember that the house collects a 5% commission on all winning hands, but other than that the odds on this game are pretty good. This game can be found at many of all of the online casinos, all you need to do is find a great one and start playing, once you feel comfortable starting betting real money and then have a ball winning with a great game.