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How To Play Pai Gow Poker

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Pai Gow Poker objective

The aim of Pai Gow Poker is to create a 5 card hand and a 2 card hands from seven cards to beat both of the dealer's equivalent hands.

How to Play Pai Gow Poker

After The player has placed their bet, they are dealt seven cards. With these the player must create a 'high' hand (consisting of 5 cards) and a 'low' hand (consisting of 2). However the low hand cannot be ranked higher than the high hand. For example if a player was dealt King, King, 2, 3, 6, 9, Ace, the pair of Kings could not be used in the low hand.

Both the Dealer's hands must be beaten in order to win. If only one hand beats the Dealer's , then there is a tie and the bets are returned. If both the Dealer's hand beats the player's then the player loses.

Pai Gow Poker Hands

Pai Gow Poker is played with a single 52 card deck with a Joker. The Joker is NOT wild but can be used to complete a straight, flush, straight flush and royal flush. Otherwise it is treated as an Ace.

Hand Card Combination
Four Aces & Joker Four Aces & Joker
Royal Flush Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten from the same suit
Straight Flush Five cards in consecutive order from the same suit
Four of a Kind Four cards from different suits of the same rank
Full House Three of a kind and a pair
Flush Five cards of same suit
Straight Five cards in consecutive order, any combination of suits
Three Of A Kind Three cards from different suits displaying the same number or picture
Two Pairs Two groups of two cards showing the same number (or picture)
One Pair One pair of identically ranked cards
High card Where there is non of the above are present the highest card of your hand is taken. (ranked highest to lowest A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2)


When a player wins a hand they are paid even money less a 5% commission (rounded up to the nearest 25 pence). No commission is collected on losing hands or ties.

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