How to play Pai gow Poker
The game is played with a standard 52-card deck plus one joker. Please note that (in the case of the online version of the game) this joker cannot always replace any cards. The joker can replace any card only when it complements any straight or flush. In all other cases, it counts as an ace.
Before we get into how to play Pai Gow Poker, I would like to mention that in this game, the value of hands is identical to the standard poker hand hierarchy , with the exception of one. In some casinos, the street consisting of A-2-3-4-5 is called a “wheel,” and in the hierarchy it sits between a straight and a flush.
After you place your bet, the dealer deals seven cards to you and himself. The first thing you need to do is split your cards into two hands: one hand will be five cards and the other two. An important rule of thumb is that a player’s five-card hand must be more valuable than a two-card hand.
After you split your hand in two, the dealer reveals his cards and divides his hand in two according to a specific set of guidelines.
What follows is a comparison of hands. Hands are compared separately, high with high and low with low. In both cases, the stronger hand wins. Equality of combinations on one of your hands is considered the dealer’s victory.
What about paigow payments?
They are determined by the results of both hands. The ideal situation is to beat the dealer with both hands, then the payout is 1: 1. When a player wins one hand but loses the other, the result is a draw and the bet is returned to him. This is the most common finding. In the worst case, one of the player’s hands repeats the dealer’s combination of cards, or both of the player’s hands lose.
Payout and winnings rules couldn’t be easier. There is a certain element of strategy in the game, but as soon as you split your hand in two, skill stops deciding anything. The game has grown in popularity since its inception in the late 1980s, likely due to the casino’s low edge and volatility, and the fact that the game combines skill and an element of luck.