Pai Gow Poker Rules

Let’s become versed in some alternate forms of poker other than Texas holdem, five card stud, five card draw and omaha/8. Yes, pai gow poker. Now you might be wondering that double-hand sounds a little Chinese; yes you are correct, this card game is a blending of the Chinese game pai gow and poker
Certainly this isn’t one of the most popular styles of poker but still broadly played. It can be enjoyed by up to 7 players. It is played with 1 deck of 52 cards, with a joker. Interestingly, the Joker can only be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush, straight flush, or royal flush. The important thing here to bear in mind is aside from the usual ranking of hands we have an additional winning hand which is "Five Aces" (four Aces and the Joker). Surprisingly, 5 aces is greater than every other hand including royal flush. Every player is dealt seven cards. The cards are arranged to make 2 hands; a 2 card hand and a five card hand. The 5 card hand has to be stronger or be equivalent to the 2 card hand.
After setting up the two hands, the cards are laid on the table with the faces down. Once down, you are no longer allowed to touch them. The dealer will flip over their cards and assemble their hands. Each players hand is played against the dealer’s hands. Should the player wins 1 hand and lose the other, this is called a "push" and no money is lost or won. If croupier wins both hands then the gambler looses their bet the opposite is correct if the player wins both hands. Now if there is a draw, the dealer wins everything. Once the hand is competed, the next player clock-wise gets to be the dealer and the following hand is given out.

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