This game is a combination of the Chinese game of Pai Gow and Poker and is played with a 52 card deck. The player is dealt a hand of seven cards and has to split them into the best five-card hand and the best two-card hand that he can make. The five-card hand must rank higher than the two-card hand, otherwise he has a “foul” hand and must re-select his choice of hands. The game is played between players and the dealer. The player bets his hands to beat those of the dealer. In order for the player to win, both of his hands must be better than the dealer’s. If the player wins one hand and the dealer wins one, this is a push, and the player’s money is returned. Due to a high percentage of pushes, this is a great game which allows one to have a good time while spending very little money!
TYPES OF PAI GOW POKER GAMES
Pai Gow Poker, Bonus Pai Gow Poker
Bonus Pai Gow Poker has a side bet, which pays odds for high value hands a player may get.
PAI GOW POKER TIPS
Basic strategies for Pai Gow Poker:
No pairs, no straight, no flush
5 cards – use highest card
2 cards – use second and third highest card
Six card straight
5 cards – use the three of a kind
2 cards – use the pair
In Bonus Pai Gow Poker, a player can take the easy way out and click on “House Way” which will select the best hand combinations for him!