Pai Gow Poker is a 7 card dealt Casino gambling game based on the Chinese Domino game Pai Gow. It is played with poker hand combinations and poker hand rankings and plays up to seven players at a Casino Table. Pai Gow Poker is one of the best odds in a Casino pit game and the house will take a commission for pushes.
A pack of 52 cards plus one joker is used in each deal of Pai Gow Poker. The joker is a wild card which can be used only as an ace, or to complete a straight, a flush or a straight flush.
Back = 5 card hand (Biggest/Best Poker Hand known as your Bottom)
Front = 2 card hand (2nd Biggest 2 Card Poker hand, known as your top)
NO PAIR: Use the highest card in the back and second and third highest in front
ONE PAIR: Place pair in back, highest other two cards in front.
Big Pair is Jack thru Ace: Place small pair in front.
Big Pair is 7’s thru 10’s: Place both pairs in back if you can put Ace in front.
Big Pair is 2’s thru 6’s: Place both pairs in back if you can put King in front; otherwise split.
THREE PAIR: Place big pair in front.
THREE OF A KIND:
Aces: Place an Ace and next highest card in front.
Kings and Below: Place three of a kind in back; two highest cards in front.
TWO SETS (3 0f a kind): Place pair from higher set in front.
STRAIGHT; FLUSH; STRAIGHT FLUSH:
With No Pair:
Place two highest cards in front that leave a complete hand in back.
With One Pair: Place two highest cards possible (pair or no pair) in front that leave a complete hand in back.
With Two Pair: Use two pair strategy.
With Three of a Kind: Place complete hand in back, pair in front.
FULL HOUSE: Put pair in front and three of a kind in back.
FOUR OF A KIND:
Jacks thru Aces: Always split and put one pair in front and one in back.
7’s thru 10’s: Place four of a kind in back if you can put Ace or King in front; otherwise split.
6’s or Below: Never split as long as you can put a card higher than the 4 of a kind in front.
With a Pair: Play four of a kind in back; pair in front.
With Three of a Kind: Put highest pair in front; full house in back.
FIVE ACES: Place pair of Aces in front.
It’s certainly not the most difficult poker game at all and was probably designed that way so casual gamers can learn quickly as opposed to No limit hold em or Omaha. There is much lucky involved in what original 7 cards you get dealt and if you have trouble, the casino dealer can assist in how you set your hand the house way. Next time you come across the game hopefully this quick tutorial will give you a leg up in winning!
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