Pai Gow Poker is a simple game to play. It is played with a 53-card deck, which includes the joker. The joker is wild: it can be used as any card.
HOW TO PLAY
The dealer deals the cards into seven piles of seven cards. Six of the hands go to players and one hand goes to the player/dealer. The player/dealer shakes the dice cup, which contains three dice, and the total on the dice determines who receives the first set of cards and where the action begins. The player/dealer position is always 1, 8, and/or 15.
Out of the seven cards that each player receives, the player creates a two-card hand (called the front hand) and a five-card hand (called the back hand). The two-card hand must rank lower than the five-card hand. The goal of the game is to make two hands that are both higher than the two hands made by the player/dealer. Pai Gow Poker uses the same ranking of hands as in all high poker games. All bets are made against the player/dealer.
The player wins if both of his or her hands rank higher than those of the player/dealer.A tie (push) occurs if one hand is higher and the other is lower; no bets are transacted.
The player/dealer wins all tie (copy) hands. Tie hands are hands that have identical values. Suites are not used in hand valuations. The player/dealer wins if both of the player’s hands are lower than the player/dealer’s hands. It is a push when player/dealer wins one of the hands and loses on the other. When there is a push no chips are transacted.
The designated dealer button rotates, and any player may take a turn being the player/dealer for two consecutive hands.
The house dealer deals, reads and compares all hands and settles all payoffs at even money, from the player/dealer’s chips.
If the two-card hand (front) consists of a “Joker”, it will automatically play as a “pair”.