Pai Gow Poker


Posted by Erik | Posted in Poker | Posted on 02-05-2010

Pai-gow Poker is an American card-playing derivative of the centuries-old game of Chinese Dominoes. In the early 1800’s, Chinese laborers introduced the game while working in California.

The game’s popularity with Chinese gamblers ultimately drew the attention of entrepreneurial gamers who substituted the classic tiles with cards and shaped the casino game into a new form of poker. Introduced into the poker rooms of California in ‘86, the game’s immediate acceptance and popularity with Asian poker players drew the focus of Nevada’s gambling establishment owners who swiftly assimilated the casino game into their own poker suites. The reputation of the game has continued into the twenty-first century.

Pai gow tables cater to up to six gamblers plus a dealer. Differentiating from traditional poker, all gamblers play against the dealer and not against each and every other.

In a counterclockwise rotation, each gambler is dealt seven face down cards by the dealer. 49 cards are dealt, including the dealer’s 7 cards.

Every single gambler and the croupier must form two poker hands: a superior palm of five cards and a low hand of 2 cards. The hands are based on classic poker rankings and as such, a 2 card hands of 2 aces will be the greatest feasible palm of two cards. A 5 aces palm will be the greatest 5 card hand. How do you have 5 aces in a standard 52 card deck? You’re actually betting with a 53 card deck since one joker is permitted into the game. The joker is regarded a wild card and may be used as an additional ace or to finish a straight or flush.

The highest 2 hands win every game and only a single player having the 2 highest hands simultaneously can win.

A dice throw from a cup containing three dice determines who will be dealt the very first hand. After the hands are dealt, players must form the two poker hands, keeping in mind that the 5-card hands must usually rank greater than the two-card hands.

When all players have set their hands, the croupier will make comparisons with his or her hands position for pay-outs. If a gambler has one hand increased in position than the dealer’s except a lower 2nd hands, this is regarded as a tie.

If the dealer beats each hands, the player loses. In the situation of both player’s hands and each croupier’s hands being identical, the dealer is the winner. In casino play, ofttimes considerations are made for a gambler to become the dealer. In this case, the gambler will need to have the money for any payoffs due succeeding players. Of course, the gambler acting as dealer can corner a number of huge pots if he can beat most of the players.

A number of gambling establishments rule that players can’t deal or bank two consecutive hands, and some poker rooms will provide to co-bank fifty/fifty with any gambler that decides to take the bank. In all situations, the dealer will ask gamblers in turn if they want to be the banker.

In Pai gow Poker, you’re given "static" cards which means you’ve no opportunity to change cards to probably improve your hand. Even so, as in classic 5-card draw, you can find strategies to produce the very best of what you might have been dealt. An illustration is maintaining the flushes or straights in the 5-card palm and the two cards remaining as the 2nd good hand.

If you might be lucky enough to draw four aces and also a joker, you’ll be able to maintain three aces in the five-card palm and strengthen your two-card palm with the other ace and joker. 2 pair? Keep the increased pair in the 5-card hands and the other 2 matching cards will produce up the second hand.

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