Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker: Casino table game based on the classic Chinese Make Nine

Welcome to Pai-Gow Poker

Pai-Gow Poker is a combination of Poker and an ancient Chinese game called Pai-Gow. The traditional Chinese game of Pai-Gow is played with tiles that look like dominos. To make it easier to understand, an American version was introduced using standard playing cards and the ranking of hands were fashioned after poker hands. Thus the new game of Pai-Gow Poker was developed.

This game is played on a semi circular Blackjack-size table with six playing positions. Player can only play on any one position at a time. Bet is placed in one of the circles provided. Pai-Gow Poker is played with a standard 52-card deck and one joker.

Both Dealer and Player receive seven cards each, which are split into two hands – a 5-card hand called a High hand and a 2-card hand called a Low hand. High hand is also referred to as "Highest" and Low hand is also referred to as "2nd Highest". The aim is to beat the dealer's hands.

Note: Joker is not a wild card, and can only be used to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, otherwise it is treated as an Ace.

Rules of Pai-Gow Poker

Objective:

Objective of Pai-Gow poker is for the both the Player's hands to rank higher than the Dealers hands. The player receives seven cards and makes two traditional poker hands - one of five cards (the high hand), another of two (the low hand).

High & Low hand:

High hand contains five cards and Low hand contains 2 cards. When forming hands, the rank of the five-card high hand must be higher than the rank of the two-card low hand. If this is not true a message box will be displayed asking you to re-split your hand or choose the House Way.

High hand is also referred to as "Highest" and Low hand is also referred to as "2nd Highest".

Hand rankings:

The rankings of the two hands are based upon basic poker ranking. Thus, the highest two-card hand is two aces and the highest five-card hand is five aces (four aces + the joker).

When comparing two high hands or two low hands which are of identical poker and hand rank, the hand which contains the highest ranking card shall be considered the higher ranking hand. If the two hands are of identical rank after this comparison, the hands are considered a copy hand and the dealer wins.

House Way rules:

You can choose the House Way option to let the dealer choose the best cards for you. Using the House Way option will keep you from making a mistake in selecting hands. House follows the rules listed below when selecting the best hand:

(The "front" refers to the two card hand and the "back" refers to the five card hand )

No pair: Place the second and third highest cards in the front.
One pair: Place the pair in back and the two highest singletons in the front.
Two pair: Split the two pair except for the following three situations
Both pairs are 6's or less.
Both pairs are 10's or less plus ace singleton.
One pair of face cards, one pair of 5's or less, and an ace singleton.
Three pair: Play highest pair in front.
Three of a kind: Play three of a kind in back except break up three aces.
Three of a kind twice: Play higher pair in front.
Straights and flushes:
Always play straight or flush in the high hand except play as a two pair if one of the following:
Aces and any other pair.
Both pairs 10's or over.
Both pairs 10's or under with an ace singleton.
With a six or seven card straight or flush, put the highest hand possible in front while maintaining the straight or flush in back.
If hand contains both a straight and a flush play put the hand in back with the highest hand in front, as long as the front hand is a king or better. Otherwise play flush in back.
Full house: Split except with pair of 2's and an ace/king can be played in front.
Full house with three of a kind and two pairs: Play the highest pair in front.
Four of a kind: Play according to the rank of the four of a kind:
2 through 6: Always keep together.
7 through 10: Split unless an ace and a face card or better can be played in front.
Jack through king: Split unless hand also contains a pair of 10's or higher.
Aces: Split unless a pair of 7's or higher can be played in front.
Straight Flush:
Play the straight flush in back except play as a two pair with:
Aces and any other pair.
Both pairs tens or higher.
Both pairs tens or less and an ace singleton.
Play a straight or flush instead if an ace and a face card or a pair can be played in front.
Royal Flush:
Play the royal flush in back except play as a two pair with:
Aces and any other pair.
Both pairs tens or higher.
Break up royal flush if a straight or flush can be played in back and a king or better in front.
Five aces: Split unless pair of kings can be played in front

Result calculation:

To win the wager, your low and high hand must both rank higher than the dealer's low and high hand, respectively. If one of your hands is higher in rank than the dealer's and the other is lower or equal, this is a tie and your wager is returned. Otherwise, your player's wager is lost. If both hands are identical, the dealer wins.

Commission:

Every time a player wins a hand he/she is paid even money less a 5% commission.

No commission is collected on losing hands or ties.

For Example,  a $100 winning wager will return $195 (player's $100 wager plus $100 in winnings minus the $5 commission).

Pai-Gow Poker Limits and Payouts

For each hand played, there is a $1.00 minimum bet on each hand, a $300 maximum bet limit on each hand.

Payout Calculation:

Every time a player wins a hand he/she is paid even money less a 5% commission.

No commission is collected on losing hands or ties.

For Example, a $100 winning wager will return $195 (player's $100 wager plus $100 in winnings minus the $5 commission).

Pai-Gow Poker Buttons

Buttons present in this game are listed below followed by their brief description.

Chips:            To choose and adjust the size of your bet.
Deal:               After you have placed your bet, press this to deal the cards.
Clear Bets:   Clear the bet you have placed.
Done:             After choosing the two cards for the Low hand, click this button to proceed.
House Way:  Let the computer put together your High and Low hand in the most efficient manner.
Rebet:            Place the same bet as in the last game round and deal the cards as well.

How to Play Pai-Gow Poker

To start the game, you should place a bet in one of the betting circles provided and click on the Deal button.

Once the Deal button is pressed, counter in the middle of the table generates a random number between 1 and 7. This number represents the playing position from where the cards will start to be dealt. Positions 1-6 are player's positions and Dealer's position is 7. Cards will be dealt starting from the position number which is generated. Seven cards each will be dealt to all playing positions. Once all the cards are dealt, cards belonging to you and the Dealer will be kept and all other cards will be discarded.

Dealer's cards will be face down and your cards will be face up. You now have to choose a two-card Low hand and a five-card High hand. To do this, you must select the two cards that you wish to be in the low hand by left-clicking on them. Cards may be unselected by clicking them again. Selected cards will shift up out of the line of your cards on the game screen. When you are setting your hands, your five-card hand must be a higher value than your two-card hand. If you make a mistake, system will prompt you to make another selection or use the "House Way" option to let the dealer choose the best cards for you. Using the House Way option will keep you from making a mistake in selecting hands.

To Win, your Low and High hand must both rank higher than the Dealer's Low and High hand, respectively. If one of your hands is higher in rank than the dealer's and the other is lower or equal, this is a Push and your wager is returned. In all other scenarios, your wager is Lost. If both of your hands have the exact same value as the Dealer's hands, which is called a copy, the Dealer wins and your wager is Lost.

To play again you click on the Rebet button and then click on the Deal button.

 

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