Pai Gow Poker Established Rules

Wednesday, 1. August 2012

Let’s learn some alternate types of poker other than holdem, seven card stud, 5 card draw and omaha eight-or-better. Yes, double-hand poker. Now you must be thinking that pai gow sounds a little Chinese; well you’re correct, this game is a blending of the Chinese game pai gow and poker
Definitely 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’s played with one deck of cards, with a joker. Interestingly, the Joker can be used only as an ace, or to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush, or royal flush. The essential aspect here to clearly recall is apart from the normal ranking of hands we have one more winning hand which is "Five Aces" (4 Aces and the Joker). Surprisingly, five aces defeats every other hand including royal flush. Every gambler is given seven cards. The cards are aligned to make 2 hands; a 2 card hand and a five card hand. The five card hand has to be stronger or be equal to the two card hand.
After arranging the 2 hands, the cards are placed on the table with the faces down. Once on the table, you can’t touch them. The croupier will turn over his cards and assemble his hands. Every competitors hand is compared to the dealer’s hands. If the player take one hand and lose the other, this is known as "push" and absolutely no cash is exchanged. If croupier wins the two hands then the bettor looses their bet and vice versa. Now if the hand is a tie, the croupier wins all. After the hand is competed, the very next player clock-wise becomes the croupier and the following hand is dealt.

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