Pai Gow Poker is a casino table game which is easy to learn and is a great game for beginners to practice. The game is played against the dealer and uses 5 card poker hand values, however in this variation players are dealt a total of 7 cards. Pai Gow Poker is based on a Chinese dice game known as Pai Gow and is not to be confused with Pai Gow Poker which is a completely separate game. Pai Gow Poker uses a 53 card deck (including a joker) and offers a number of betting options plus bonus payouts in which can be very lucrative for players. The object of the game is to compete against the banker to make the best possible hand and win the game. In this section, you will find a complete guide to Pai Gow Poker including how to play casino Pai Gow and where the best places to play Pai Gow Poker are online.
Below is a complete overview of how to play Pai Gow Poker at the casino, including the game rules, strategy and how betting and game play works for both players & the Pai Gow Poker dealer. If you are unfamiliar with the game of poker in general, you may want to skip down to the hand ranking table to understand what each hand is and how it is ranked before you attempt to learn the Pai Gow Poker rules.
Now that we know how a basic game of Pai Gow Poker would run, it's time to learn the additional betting and game play rules that are associated with the game.
Below is a table outlining the ranking of hands in Pai Gow Poker games, listed with the highest hand possible and progressing to the worst hand combinations.
|Pai Gow Hands||dESCRIPTION||eXAMPLE|
|Five Of A Kind||4 ACES PLUS JOKER||AS, AH, AD, AC, JOKER|
|Royal Flush||10, J, Q, K, A SAME SUIT||10H, JH, QH, KH, AH|
|Straight Flush||CARDS IN SEQUENCE SAME SUIT||7S, 8S, 9S, 10S, JS|
|4 Of A Kind||FOUR CARDS OF THE SAME RANK||AH, AD, AS, AC, 2S|
|Full House||3 OF A KIND PLUS A PAIR||3D, 3H, 3C, 5S, 5C|
|Flush||FIVE CARDS OF THE SAME SUIT||4H. 10H, QH, KH, 7H|
|Straight||UNSUITED CONSECUTIVE CARDS||4H, 5D, 6S, 7C, 8D|
|Three Of A Kind||3 CARDS OF THE SAME RANK||5C, 5H, 5D, 2S, 10C|
|Two Pair||A SET OF TWO PAIRS||8C, 8D, 9H, 9D, JS|
|One Pair||TWO CARDS OF THE SAME RANK||JC, JH, QS, 3D, 8C|
|High Card||5 RANDOM CARDS IN HAND||2S, 10C, QH, 7S, 3D|
Strategy in Pai Gow Poker is primarily based on the variations between your bets as a player as well as how you play as the banker. The absolute best way that a player can play Pai Gow Poker is according to the House Way which sets out a defined strategy for how to play every single hand you are dealt. Below we have provided a summary of the basic rules associated with playing the house way.
House Way Rules: The best strategy that Pai Gow Poker players can use when arranging their two hands to maximize winning percentages against the house. Please note that front is the 2 card hand and back is the 5 card Pai Gow hand.