How to Play Pai Gow Poker


Short Description:
Craps Casino’s Pai Gow (pronounced “pie-gow”) poker is an exciting game of skill, which fuses the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow (meaning: “makes nine”), and modern Poker. In Pai Gow Poker the player competes, one on one, against the dealer. The object of the game is for the player to arrange their seven dealt cards into two hands ("setting" the cards). The seven cards must be set in such a way so that the player’s five-card (“High”) hand scores a higher value than the two-card (“Low”) hand. The player’s High and Low hands must then have a greater value (see Poker Hands Value Chart below) than the dealer’s High and Low hands.

Pai Gow Rules:
The game is played with a standard 52-card deck, plus a Joker (totaling 53 cards). (The Joker may be used either as an Ace or to complete a Straight, Flush or Straight Flush, only.) After placing their bet, the players are each dealt seven cards. The player must then set their cards into two separate hands. The first hand, which must consist of 5 cards, is referred to as the “High Hand", as it must have the highest value of the two hands. The second hand, which consists of the remaining two cards, is referred to as the “Low Hand”.

You may ask the house to automatically set your cards by pressing the “House Way” button. After the house sets your cards, you may continue to move them, if you wish.

The goal is to beat both of the dealer's hands, according to the standard Poker hand values rules (see chart below). If both hands beat the dealer's hands, the player then receives "even money" on their bet (minus a 5% vigorish or house commission). If both of the player’s hands lose against the dealer’s hands, the dealer takes the player’s bet. If only one of the player’s two hands wins, the round results in a tie or "Push".

Winning Combinations:

High (Five-Card) Hand:
The Five-card Hand must have the highest rank of the two hands. The object is to form the best rank for the 5-card hand, from the seven dealt cards.

Low, (Two-Card) Hand:
The Two-Card Hand must have the second-highest rank of the two hands. The highest-ranking 2-card hand possible is a pair of aces. If the Two-Card Hand is not composed of a pair, the value of the cards will determine the hand's rank.

The Wild Card:
The Wild Card is the Joker Card, which can be substituted only as a single Ace or to complete either a Flush, Straight, or Straight Flush.

Copy Hand:
When the player and the dealer compare hands that have the same rank, the hand is referred to as a "copy hand". In Pai Gow Poker, the dealer wins the copy hand, as opposed to Blackjack, where a copy hand results in a “push”.

Pai Gow Poker Hands:
(in order of value)
5 Aces (using Wild Card)
Royal Flush
Straight Flush
Four of a Kind
Full House
Flush
Straight
Three of a Kind
Two Pair
Ace
King
Queen
Jack
Ten, etc.

Table limits:

Minimum bet : $1.
Maximum bet: $250.

The betting limits may change according to Casino Policy.

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