Specific Character of Pai Gow Poker

If you are looking for some extraordinary game to play, you can choose pai gow poker. In fact, it is supposed to be a combination of a standard poker and old Chinese game named pai gow. The maximum number of people, who can play this game, is 7. Besides, pai gow poker is played by a pack of 52 cards.

Rules of the Game

The joker is considered to be a wild card. It can be utilized as an Ace or to make up a straight, a flush and a straight flush. It should be mentioned that the players play against the dealer not against each other. They should put a stake to start the game.

Moreover, every player is given 7 cards. One of the peculiarities of this game is that players split their cards in 2 hands. They are 2 card hand and 5 card hand. The cards are counted in a similar way as in a traditional poker. It should be taken into consideration that the straight with the Ace beats other straights (for example, A, 2, 3, 4, 5 beats K, Q, J, 10, 9).

The purpose of the game is to beat the dealer's 2 hands. Be attentive, because there is a rule that your 2 card hand should be always weaker than 5 card hand, otherwise you will lose. Moreover, it is forbidden to discuss cards with other players.

When all the cards are exposed the dealer's cards are compared with the other players' cards separately. There are 3 possible outcomes:

  • If the player beats 2 dealer's hands, the payout is 1 to 1.
  • If the player beats one hand and the dealer beats another one, it is a "push" (a tie).
  • If the dealer beats 2 player's hands, the player loses his wager.
  • If the dealer's one hand beats the player's hand and other hands are tied, the dealer wins
  • If the player's 2 hands and the dealer's 2 hands are equal, the dealer wins.

It should be mentioned that the dealer in this game is considered to have an advantage. It concerns winning tied hands. So, everybody should deal cards in turn just in order this game to be fair. Of course, it is advisable for every player to get acquainted with the strategy of the game as well. It will help you to improve your skills.