PAI GOW POKER
Pai Gow Poker is a variation of poker that uses the traditional 5-card hand. However, instead of playing against the other players at the table, everyone is playing against the dealer's hand.
HOW TO PLAY
- MAKE YOUR BEST 2 HANDS OUT OF THE CARDS YOU'RE DEALT EACH ROUND. In Pai Gow poker, you're dealt 7 cards each round. Once you get your cards, you need to arrange your best 5-card hand and your best 2-card hand. Your 5-card hand has to be better than your 2-card hand. For your 2-card hand, the best you can get is a pair. Not every one of the 5 cards needs to be a part of your hand. For example, if you have 3 of a kind, the remaining 2 cards can simply form the rest of your 5-card hand.
- TRY TO BEAT BOTH OF THE DEALER'S HANDS TO WIN A ROUND. In Pai Gow poker, you play against the dealer, not the other players at the table. If both your 5-card hand and your 2-card hand beats the dealer, you win the round and double the bet that you placed. Lose both of your hands against the dealer's hands, then you lose your bet. If you win 1 of your hands and the dealer wins the other, then the round ends in a push and nobody wins the round. If both of your hands tie the dealer, then the dealer wins that round.
- PLACE YOUR BET BEFORE YOU GET YOUR HAND. Every player at the table must place their bets before the dealer will deal out 7 cards to each player. There will be a minimum bet and a maximum bet and you need to place your bet between those amounts.Tip: Some tables at casinos will have different minimum and maximum amounts, so choose a table that you are comfortable playing.
- WAIT FOR THE DEALER TO PASS OUT 7 CARDS TO EACH PLAYER. After the initial bet, the dealer will deal 7 cards to each player at the table and each player will begin to form their 2 hands. Then the dealer will deal themselves 7 cards, face up and arrange their hands. You'll take a look through the 7 cards you were dealt and form them into 2 hands, which you will place face-up on the table.Every player, including the dealer, will be able to see everyone's hands at the table.
- FORM YOUR 5-CARD HAND AND YOUR 2-CARD HAND. Look through your cards and form your 5-card hand with your best cards and your 2-card hand with the best cards that you have left. Remember, your 5-card hand must be better than your 2-card hand.
- COMPARE YOUR 2-CARD HAND TO THE DEALER'S 2-CARD HAND. After everyone at the table has arranged their 2 hands, the dealer will deal their 7 cards and form their 5-card and 2-card hands. Compare your 2-card hand to the dealer's hand to see if yours is better. If you have a pair and they have a pair, the higher pair wins.
- MATCH YOUR 5-CARD HAND AGAINST THE DEALER'S 5-CARD HAND. You only need to beat the dealer's hand to win that round, so after you've compared your 2-card hand to theirs, check their 5-card hand to see how it stacks up next to yours. Remember the 10 basic 5-card hands and check to see if your hand outranks the dealer's hand. If your hand ties the dealer's hand, then the dealer wins that hand.
- WIN THE ROUND BY DEFEATING BOTH OF THE DEALER'S HANDS. If both of your hands defeat the dealer's hands, then you will receive double the amount that you bet. If you lose both of your hands against the dealer's hands, then the dealer will collect your bet and add it to the bank. Gambling can be extremely addictive. Limit your betting to a healthy amount.
- SCORE A PUSH TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ROUND. If you win 1 of your hands and the dealer wins the other, then the round ends in a push, or a tie. That means that nobody wins and the play moves on to the next round. For example, if your 5-card hand beats the dealer's 5-card hand, but your 2-card hand is defeated by the dealer's 2-card hand, then the round ends in a push.