Pai Gow Poker

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Pai Gow Poker is a table based casino game played with a deck of 53 cards. A normal deck has 52 cards, and a Pai Gow deck of cards is a normal deck plus one joker.

Pai Gow is a very different poker game then the rest. Each player and the dealer are dealt 7 cards. These 7 cards are used to make a 5 card hand of poker and a 2 card hand of poker. The objective in Pai Gow is to make a better 5 card hand and a better 2 card hand then the dealer can make.

Pai Gow Rules

Here are the Pai Gow rules that need to be followed:

- There is one joker card in play. The joker can be used to complete a straight, a flush, or straight flush. Otherwise the joker is considered an Ace.

- The 5 card hand is ranked according to standard poker rules
   1. Ace-2-3-4-5 is the second highest straight, behind Ace-King-Queen-Jack-Ten.
   2. 5 Aces is possible with the joker and is the highest hand that can be made.

- The 2 card hand will always be either a pair or two different cards. A pair of aces is the highest ranked two card hand, and the worst 2 card hand is 2-3.

- Your 5 card hand must be better then the 2 card hand. If you have an ace in the two card hand you better have a pair in the 5 card hand. If you have a pair in the 2 card hand you need to have at least a higher pair in the 5 card hand. If your two card hand ends up being higher then the 5 card hand, you will automatically lose both hands and your bet.

Playing Pai Gow Poker

  Pai Gow Poker table screenshot  


Picture above is a sample hand of Pai Gow Poker. Here's a breakdown of how to play.

1. The player places a bet. In this example, the bet is $100.

2. After the bet has been placed, the dealer will deal 7 cards to each player and to himself.

3. Each player evaluates their hand to create their 5 card and 2 card hands.

In the game above, the player was dealt 7 cards - sample pai gow poker hand

4. In our example, the player has a pair of 7's. There are no straights or flushes possible. The pair of 7's must be placed in the 5 card hand. In hands where I have one pair, I will always take the two highest cards after the pair is removed and put them in the two card hand. In our example, this is a King and a 9.

5. The dealer flips over his cards and arranges the two hands in a predetermined way set by the house. The dealer has a pair of Kings, and places his next two highest cards (the Ace and the Jack) into the 2 card hand.

6. The players 5 card hand is evaluated against the dealers hand.
Dealer has a pair of Kings - Player has a pair of 7's - Dealer Better

7. The players 2 card hand is evaluated against the dealers hand.
Dealer has Ace high - Player has King high - Dealer Better

8. The dealer won both hands and removes the bet from the table.
  

Pai Gow Payouts

- You win your bet minus a 5% commission taken by the dealer when you win both the 5 card hand and the two card hand. A $100 bet would win the player $95.

- When you win either the 5 card hand or the 2 card hand, you tie or push with the dealer. Your bet remains on the table.

- When the dealer wins both hands, you lose your bet. Ties go to the dealer too.

Playing the House Way

The House Way is the way that the Dealer will play his cards. If you understand this, you can avoid getting beat on both low and high hands. Here is what you need to know:

1. Cards ranked 2 to 6 are considered Low; cards 7 to 10 are Medium; jack to ace are High.

2. When the Dealer has 2 Pairs: The dealer will split the pairs up and put the lower of the two pairs in the Low Hand if they have two medium or low pairs, except when the dealer also has a King or Ace.

If the Dealer has a High Pair and a Low Pair, the Dealer will put the low pair in his Low Hand unless the Dealer also has an Ace. If the Dealer has two high pairs, a high pair and medium pair or a pair of Aces and any other pair, the Dealer will always split the two pairs.

3. If the Dealer has a Straight or Flush, the dealer will only break it up if they have one of the following: a. Pair of Aces and any other pair b. Two pairs 10's or higher c. Two pairs and an Ace (the Ace is used in the Low Hand)

4. If the Dealer has a Four of a Kind: if the rank is Low then it is kept intact; if it is medium then it will be split unless the dealer also has an Ace and a face card; if it is high then it will be split unless the dealer also has a medium or high pair.

5. If the Dealer has High Card, then the dealer will take the 2nd and 3rd highest card to make the low hand. If the Dealer has One Pair, then the dealer will take the highest two remaining cards to make the low hand.

6. If the Dealer has Three Pairs, then the dealer will put the highest ranked pair in the low hand. If the Dealer has a Three of a Kind, the dealer will only break it up if it is three Aces and one is needed for the low hand.

7. If the Dealer has a Full House, then the dealer will split it up and put the pair in the low hand, except if the pair is a pair of two's and an Ace/King can be played.

Pai Gow Poker Casino Bonuses

Pai Gow Poker is one of the casino games that will often be Excluded from play when you are using a bonus. There are a couple of basic reasons for this.

1. Pai Gow Poker has a low house advantage of 2.65%. This advantage is because the Dealer wins a Copy hand.

2. Since many of the hands end in a split, the wagering requirement can be bet faster without risking as much as blackjack.

Most online casinos will offer Pai Gow Poker; however only about 25% of the table games bonuses will allow this game to be played. Below is a list of online casinos where you can play Pai Gow Poker with a casino bonus.

Casino Software Cashable? Percentage Max Bonus Min Deposit Bonus Code
Bovada Casino RTG Cash 100% $200 $20 CASINO200
There is an 80x rollover on All Games including Pai Gow Poker with the following exceptions.
Games that do not count towards rollover: Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Sic Bo, Single Deck, Double Deck Blackjack, or Blackjack in Poker client.
 
Lucky Red Casino RTG Sticky 100% $1,000 $20 LUCKYRED100
50x Rollover for All Games (including Pai Gow Poker) except for the Excluded Games - Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Sic Bo, War.
Also, get a 55% redeposit bonus by using the code OTHERGAMES55 - 25x Rollover for Pai Gow and most casino games. 42x Rollover for Blackjack, Other 21 Games, Video Poker, Baccarat, Craps, Roulette and Sic Bo
 
Las Vegas USA RTG Cash 150% $3,000 $20 (automatic)
30x Rollover on Pai Gow, Slots, Progressive Slots, Keno, Let 'em Ride, Casino Poker games, Red Dog, War - 50x Rollover on Blackjack, Video Poker, Caribbean Stud, Multi Video Poker, Perfect Pairs. Games that don't count towards rollover: Other Blackjack Games, Tri Card Poker, Pontoon, Baccarat, Craps, Roulette, Sic Bo, Caribbean Hold'em, Three Card Rummy.
 
Havana Casino Amigotech Sticky 100% $1,000 $25 (automatic)
30x Rollover on Pai Gow Poker, Slots, Keno, Blackjack, Other Backjack games, Video Poker, Three Card Poker, Caribbean Stud, Let 'em Ride, Casino Poker games, Red Dog, Sic Bo and War. Excluded Games - Baccarat, Craps and Roulette.
 
AC Casino Betsoft Cash 200% $1,000 $25 ALLGAMES-
CASH200
 Cashable bonus - 200% up to $1,000 with 80x Rollover on All Games (Pai Gow Poker, Slots, Keno, Blackjack, Other Blackjack games, Pontoon, Video Poker, Three Card Poker, Casino Poker games, Red Dog, Baccarat, Craps, Roulette and War). Max Withdrawal 5x Bonus Amount. No risk bets (example - betting on both Black and Red at the same time in Roulette or Pass and Don't Pass in Craps) will result in you getting banned.
 
Intertops Red Casino RTG Sticky 100% $100 $20 SIGNUP100
30x Rollover on Pai Gow Poker, 7 Stud Poker, Bingo games, European Slot Poker, Keno, Scratch Cards and all Slots Only
 

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