Pai Gow

Pai Gow

A fun and social poker game using a single 53-card deck is used, consisting of the usual 52 cards, plus one joker. The joker is semi-wild. It may be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, or royal flush.

Standard poker ranking rules are followed.

The player will separate his seven cards into a five-card high hand, and two-card low hand. The high hand must be of higher poker value than the low hand. The five-card hand is ranked according to conventional poker rules. The only poker hand in the two-card hand is a pair or no pair, after which the individual cards determine the value. After the player has set his hand, the dealer will turn over their cards and divide the hand in the same manner, according to specified rules known as the “house way.”

The two high hands will be compared, and the two low hands will be compared. The hand with the higher poker value will win. In the event of a tie (copy), for example both two-card hands are ace/king, then the tie is awarded to the designated player.

If the player wins both comparisons, then the player will win even money on his bet. If the player wins one and loses one, then the bet shall push. If the player loses or ties both, then the player shall lose his wager.