Pai Gow Poker Rules


Posted by Erik | Posted in Poker | Posted on 07-01-2013

Now let us become versed in some different kinds of poker other than Texas holdem, 5 card stud, five card draw and omaha eight-or-better. Yes, pai gow poker. Now you must be thinking that pai gow sounds a bit Chinese; yes you are correct, this game is a blending of the Chinese game pai gow and our very own American poker
Absolutely this isn’t one of the highly popular types of poker but still broadly played. It can be enjoyed by up to 7 players. It is played with 1 deck of 52 cards, with a joker. Interestingly, joker can only be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush, straight flush, or royal flush. The essential thing here to remember is other than the usual ranking of hands we’ve an additional winning hand that is "Five Aces" (5 aces including the joker). Astonishingly, 5 aces defeats every other hand yes, even a royal flush. Every gambler is dealt seven cards. These cards are arranged to make two hands; a two card hand and a five card hand. The 5 card hand must rank higher or be equivalent to the 2 card hand.
After arranging the two hands, the cards are laid on the poker table with the faces down. Once on the table, you cannot touch them. The dealer will turn over his cards and make his hands. Each players hand is played against the croupier’s hands. Should the player take 1 hand and loses the other, this is known as "push" and no cash is exchanged. If croupier wins the two hands then the gambler gives up their wager and vice versa. Now if there is a draw, the dealer wins all. After the hand is competed, the next person clock-wise gets to be the croupier and the following hand is dealt.

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