Pai Gow Poker Rules

Sat, 07 Jun 2008 19:38

Pai Gow Poker Rules

Learning more about the pai gow poker rules.


The Pai gow poker, which is also known as the Double-hand poker, is the American adaptation of the Pai Gow. The difference between the two is that Pai gow poker is a card game while the Pai gow is a domino game.

The following is the commonly used set of regulations for playing and is incorporated with how to play Pai gow poker.

1. Pai gow poker can be played by a maximum of seven participants. A participant from among the players shall be assigned and be called the banker. The players are usually seated around the table with the banker occupying the front position or the place where the counting shall begin. Although the banker has the chance to participate as a player, he commonly participates as the house.

2. The game should use a 52-card deck with a joker card that can be considered an Ace card or can be utilized for a straight or flush.

3. After randomly shuffling the cards, they will be distributed to every player. Each player shall receive seven cards. The participant should make two hands (low and high) out of these seven cards. Two cards will consist the low hand while five cards will be on the high hand and should have a higher ranking. To become more knowledgeable about card combination, one should learn the Pai gow poker tips.

4. The low and high hands are ranked and played like the common poker hands but with one exemption -- the second strongest or highest straight, which in Pai gow poker is the A2345.

5. If both or two hands of the participant are higher or greater than the hands of the banker, he dominates and wins the game, not unless it's a tie or "push." In an absolute tie, the banker gets the prize.

6. Numbers 1-7 are assigned to the participants. The numbering shall be in a counterclockwise pattern with the banker as the player number 1 and the person seated on his right as the player number 2. The following numbering will be done in the similar manner.

7. A number shall be chosen manually (using three dice) or electronically (using any program with random number selection). The deal starts with the equivalent position indicated by the rolled dice and continues counter-clockwise.

8. Depending on the Pai gow poker strategy he employs, a player shall bet with high hand, low hand, or house commissions. A participant can deal by placing both hands before the tray of chip. The banker shall assign the hand in accordance with the number produced from dice rolling.

9. A participant shall place his faced down cards in a certain box near the dealer while the cards in the high hand shall be at the back. When all the participants have set the hands (low and high), the dealer shall show the hands of the bank. He will move around every player intending to compare his hands with the participant's hands where taking, knocking, or paying will take place.

10.  The winning bet commission worth 5% can either be snuffed out following a participant's bet or be removed from his payment by the dealer.

11. A casino assigns a minimum bet which is usually $5.