Pai Gow Poker Glossary

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 19:34

Pai Gow Poker Glossary

Commonly used words for pai gow poker.


Before indulging in a game of Pai Gow poker, it is essential for both seasoned or novice players to have a knowledge of the basic Pai Gow poker concepts. By doing so, the player will be able to appreciate the game.

Abandon - The action of quitting on a deal or hand.

Action - A generic term used to identify the accumulated cost of bet within a certain amount of time. Likewise, this is used to point to a player when he seems to be unknowing that it is already his turn.

Banker - This refers to a dealer or player designated to book the movement of competitors at the poker table at the duration of the game.

Bankroll - A word used to refer to a player's allotted budget for a particular game of Pai Gow.

Basic Strategy - This refers to a method of playing used by a player to lower the edge of the house in the long run.

Card Counting - The activity of monitoring all cards that have been in play since it was arranged.

Cash In - This is the point when the player quits the game and converts his chips into cash, through the cashier or the dealer.

Complete Hand - A hand that contains all five cards. For example, flush, four-of-a-kind, straight, and others.

Comps - This refers to giveaways or complimentary items used by casinos to encourage competitors to play a game. Commonly, they may include free drinks, rooms, games, etc.

Dead Hand - In general, this refers to a legitimate hand that is not playable anymore because of some impropriety or misplay.

Fish - This is a term that refers to an individual involved in bad play or who is losing lots of cash because of bad play, usually an amateur at Pai Gow poker.

Flat Limit - This refers to a wager restriction that remains constant throughout several rounds.

Hand - The most superior cards that a player can keep.

Hit and Run - A player who engages in pai gow for a limited time, then quits the game after capturing a hefty pot.

Kicker - This is a card used to determine which is the more superior of two similar hands.

Nickels - They are used to denote chips equivalent to a $5 denomination.

Nut - This is the set amount that a player chooses to win in a day.

Open Card - A card that is visible to all the players.

Pot - The vouchers, cash or chips that pile up on the table due to the raises, calls, or antes that a player makes. The winner of the certain hand gets the pot.

Push - This ensues when the dealer or player ends up with similar total points in their hands

Quads - Four cards with identical face or number.


By learning the basic Pai Gow poker terms, a player can find a way to adjust his game strategy.  In addition, players, especially, newcomers to the game, should always check out online gambling sites for Pai Gow poker tips.