Pai-Gow Poker is for both of the player’s two hands (denoted the high and low hands) to rank higher than both of the banker’s two 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). The rankings of the two hands are based upon a 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).
Steps to Play Pai-Gow Poker
Player can place wager on the Pai-Gow table by clicking on the chips at the bottom center of the game screen. The wager amount can be increased by left-clicking on the chips at the bottom center of the game screen. The wager amount is decreased by right-clicking on the chips.
Once the wager is placed, player has to click on the “Deal” button. The dealer deals seven cards to player face up and seven cards to himself face down. One standard deck of 52 cards plus one joker is used.
The joker is not wild but can be used only as an ace or as a card to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush or a royal flush.
After player have received his seven cards, he must form two hands. The low hand must contain two cards and the high hand five cards. To do this, he must select the two cards that he 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.
Players may note that, 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 messagebox will be displayed asking player to re-split his hand. Once player have set both hands, by clicking on the “Done” button will end the hand. The dealer will split his cards according to fixed house rules and will then compare your hand rank with his own. To win the wager, players low and high hand must both rank higher than the dealer’s low and high hand, respectively. If one of players 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, player’s wager is lost. If both hands are identical, the dealer also wins.
The hand rankings are as follows (from highest to lowest):
Player may note that 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.
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. Thus, a $10 winning wager will return $19.50 (player’s $10 wager plus $10 in winnings minus the $0.50 commission). Please note that the amount of commission is rounded up to the nearest $0.25.
$5 minimum bet.
$300 maximum bet.
Setting table bet limit
Player may set his table bet limit below the maximum specified limit by selecting “Bet Options” from the “Game Menu”. The “Modify Table Bet Limit” window will appear on the screen. To reduce his maximum table bet limit type in the new limit in the appropriate box. Player can Click on the OK button to complete the update.
To activate numeric keyboard shortcuts player may use the keypad to the right of the keyboard except to toggle cards 1 – 7 in which case the numbers above the alphabetic keyboard. For keyboards without keypads, player must use the “Fn” key plus the shortcuts above (e.g. + Enter). ). Please note that these keyboard shortcuts are offered as a suggestion only. Some computers behave differently than others and therefore we cannot guarantee that the shortcuts will apply to all computers.