Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker combines elements of the ancient
Chinese game of Pai Gow with classic American poker.
It's played with a standard 52-card deck and one
Joker. The Joker can only be used as an Ace, or to
complete a Straight or a FluSh.
Each player is dealt seven cards, which each player
arranges into two hands: a 2-card hand and a 5-card
hand. Rankings are based on poker rankings. The
highest 2-card hand is Aces, the highest 5-card hand is
a royal flush.
The 5-card hand must be higher than the 2-card
hand. For example, if the 2-card hand is a pair of
sevens, the 5-card hand must contain a pair of eights
The object of the game is for both of the player's
hands to rank higher than both of the banker's hands.
Should one hand rank exactly the same as the banker's
hand, a tie results. The banker wins all tie hands. If the
player wins one hand and loses the other, this is
considered a "push" and no money changes hands.
Winning hands are paid even money, less a 5%
commission. Losing hands lose the amount wagered.