Pai Gow Poker

Procedure of Play

Pai gow poker uses a joker, so this means there are 53 cards in the deck. Please see below about using the joker since it is not a true wild card. You play against the dealer, and both of you will be trying to make the best possible hand.

Every round begins with the player making a bet and clicking on "Deal". You will get seven cards initially. You will then group the cards into two hands, a five-card hand (which must be the high hand) and a two-card hand (which must be the low hand). The ranking of the five-card hand is the same as in poker, except that a straight of A-2-3-4-5 is the second highest straight.

The dealer will set his/her hands according to the "house way" once you have grouped your cards and hit the "split" button. Then the two five-hand cards will be compared. After that, the the two two-hand cards will be compared. The highest hand will win in each case. You will be paid with even money, less a 5% commission, if both of your hands beat both of ther dealer's hands. The round is considered a push if you win one hand, but lose the other to the dealer. You will lose the entire wager if you lose both hands. The dealer wins tie hands.

The Joker

The joker can be used to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, otherwise it is an ace.