Pai Gow Poker is a mixture of the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow and the game of Poker.
Pai Gow poker features
The game is played with a deck of 52 cards, including one joker.
For example: You have a pair of fives and a pair of sevens in your original hand. The pair of fives must go into the two card hand and the sevens have to be in the five card hand. If your two card hand ranks higher than your five cards you automatically lose the game. Once all the players have arranged their cards the dealer will turn over his cards and split them up as well. He must also arrange them in the same way you just did, with the five cards higher than the two. The objective of the game is for both of the players hands to rank higher than both of the dealers hands. After the dealer has split up his cards he starts to compare his cards with the players hands in turn.
The Pai Gow player's two-card (low) must now beat the dealer's two-card hand and the player's five cards (high) must also beat the dealers five card hand. Only then you win. If your low-card beats the dealers low-card and loses on the high-card, or reversed, it is considered a push. In case of a push, which very often happens, no money will be exchanged and the hand is over. If either one of your hands rank the same as the dealer's it is called a tie. The dealer wins all the ties.
Since in this system lots of hands end up with a push, especially with low-cards, the casino does not make so much money out of it as it would like. So the casino charges a 5% commission on any winning bet. No commission is charged on a push or a lost bet. Most casinos want the commission right away. This means in case you win your game you have to throw the dealer a quarter on a five dollar win. You will only win $4.75. Other casinos keep track of the money you owe and you can settle up when you leave the table.
Pai Gow Tips
In setting your hands, one must always bear in mind that one needs both hands to win in order to make a profit. As a result, we advise that it is better to set two average hands rather than a powerful ‘high Hand’ and mediocre ‘low Hand’. This way both hands have a better chance of winning.
Let’s look at a few Hand Set decisions: