Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow? Sounds like something you'd pick off the menu at your local Chinese! Eh? Now that we've alienated the vast majority of the audience, let's give you the run down on this Poker variant. Beat the banker with a 5 card hand and a 2 card hand, and you'll be leaving with the cash. Simple. Now, where's the phonebook, I'd love a Chow Mein.
Pai Gow Poker - Information & Game Rules
Pai Gow Poker (also called Double-hand poker) is a game played with a standard 52-card deck plus a single Joker. The object of the game is to create two poker hands out of a seven-card hand; a 5-card hand and a 2-card hand. The 5-card hand value must exceed the 2-card hand value. Both hands must be better in value than the banker's hand to win. Pai Gow also allows bonus bets; Fortune and Jokolor.
- If you beat the banker, your winnings will be credited to your account immediately.
- If you fail to beat the banker, you will lose your stake amount.
Set your stake
Select a chip for betting by clicking on a chip situated at the bottom of the screen. Click in the BET circle to deposit the chip. Repeat until the amount you want to bet is placed on the table. If you want to change your stake, click the CLEAR button and start again.
To place bets on the bonus games click in the FORTUNE and JOKOLOR circles. See Bonus side bets below.
Once you have placed your chips, click the DEAL button. Seven cards are dealt to you face up and seven cards are dealt to the banker face down. If you placed a bonus bet; it will be determined at this stage whether you have qualified for a bonus payout. Now you are ready to make your two poker hands; a 5-card hand (the Highest) and a 2-card hand (the 2nd Highest). There are two ways to make the two hands:
Click on two of your cards (which will make up the 2-card hand). Remember, the 5-card hand must be stronger than the 2-card hand.
House Way selection
Click the HOUSE WAY button and the cards are selected automatically according to the house rules.
Now you can:
- Click the UNDO button and re-select the two cards.
- Click the CONFIRM button to play the game.
Your 5-card (Highest) hand will be compared against the banker's Highest hand first, followed by the 2-card (2nd Highest) hand, which is compared to the banker's 2nd Highest hand. Both of your hands must beat the banker to win. If you win, winnings are credited to your account immediately.
- Click NEW GAME to start another game with no bets on the table.
- Click the REBET button to stake the same amount as your previous bet AND deal the cards for the next game. NOTE: This action cannot be undone.
- Click the REBET X 2 button to stake double the amount as your previous bet AND deal the cards for the next game. NOTE: This action cannot be undone.
- A single deck of 53 cards is used (standard 52-card poker deck plus one Joker).
- You have the option to place a bonus bet at the start of the game before the cards are dealt (on both or either the Jokolor and Fortune side bets) without fixed limits.
- The highest ranking hand is 5 aces, possible because of the Joker.
- Each 7-card hand must be split into a 5-card and a 2-card hand.
- The Joker can be used to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush and a royal flush but otherwise is treated as an Ace.
- The 2-card hand may not be higher than the 5-card hand.
- If your hands do not qualify for a payout you will lose your stake amount (plus any bonus bet if it was placed).
Winning or losing
- If both your hands are of a higher rank than the banker's hands, then you win 'even money', less a 5% commission to the House.
- If both the banker's hands are of a higher rank than your hands, you lose the game and the stake.
- If your win one comparison (either hand), this is called a 'push' and your bet is returned.
- If the compared hands between you and the banker produce an exact match, it is called a 'copy' and the banker wins.
The rules of house way are as follows:
|7 cards containing||Place in 5-card 'High' hand||Place in 2-card 'Low' hand|
|High Card/No Pair||Highest Card||2nd and 3rd highest cards|
|One Pair||Pair||Next two highest singleton cards|
Two Pairs criteria given below using following groups:
2s - 6s = Low Pair
7s - 10s = Medium Pair
Js - Ks = High Pair
Low Pairs criteria given below using following groups:
2s - 6s = Low Pair
7s - 10s = Medium Pair
Js - Ks = High Pair
Low pair + Low
Low pair + Medium pair
|Split unless holding a King or better, in which case both pairs at the back and next highest two cards at the front.|
Low Pair + High Pair
Medium Pair + Medium Pair
|Split unless holding an Ace in which case both pairs at the back and next highest two cards at the front.|
Medium Pair + High Pair
High Pair + High Pair
or Pair of Aces +
Any other pair
|Three Pairs||2nd and 3rd highest pairs||Highest pair|
Three of a Kind
(other than Aces)
|Three of a Kind||Next two highest cards|
|Three of a Kind Aces||Pair of Aces||Ace + one other card|
|Straights, Flushes, Straight Flushes and Royal Flushes||(see below)||(see below)|
|- with no pair||When choosing whether to play a Straight, Flush or Straight Flush, play the category that will allow the highest two cards in front.|
|-with 6th or 7th card included||Play the lower Straight or Flush in the back to place highest cards in the front|
- with one pair
|Play pair in the front only if a Straight, Flush or Straight Flush can be played in the back.|
|- with two pair||Use the two pair rules detailed above|
|- with three pairs||Use the three pair rules detailed above|
|- with Three of a Kind||Play pair in front|
|- with Full House||Use Full House rules detailed below|
|Full House||Always split unless includes a pair of twos and there is an Ace and a King to play in front|
- with three of a kind
and two pairs
with three of a kind twice
|Play highest pair in front|
|- when 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s or 6s||Keep together and play Four of a Kind in back|
|- when 7s, 8s, 9s or 10s||Split unless a King or better can be played in front|
|- when Js, Qs or Ks||Split unless an Ace can be played in front|
|- when four Aces||Always split|
|- Four of a Kind with a Pair||Play Pair in front|
|Five Aces||Aces and play three Aces in back and two Aces in front, unless hand includes a pair of Kings, when all five.|
Two card hands
The 2-card hand will be either a pair or two individual cards. Any pair beats any two unmatched cards, but no other combinations are possible. The highest 2-card hand is a pair of Aces, and the lowest is 2-3. A Straight or a Flush does not apply within the ranking of the 2-card hand.
The Joker is not a true wild card as it can only be used to complete a Straight, a Flush, Straight-Flush and a Royal Flush, otherwise it is treated as an Ace.
The 5-card hand is ranked according to standard poker rules but with one exception; the Ace-2-3-4-5 straight is the second highest straight.
Straights rank from highest to lowest as follows; Ace-K-Q-J-10, Ace-2-3-4-5, K-Q-J-10-9, 6-5-4-3-2. Also, keep in mind that the best 2-card hand is a pair of Aces; the 2-card hand cannot have a flush or a straight (since both a flush and a straight requires five cards). The lowest 2-card hand is a 3-2.
Bonus side bets
There are two separate bonus side bets called 'Fortune' and 'Jokolor'. The Bonus Bet side wager is an optional bonus wager that considers the your best possible hand from all seven cards dealt to them, and is reconciled against payouts stated on the table and not against the banker's cards.
You can play both or either one of the bonus side bets. You can wager any amount within the table limits (as defined by the operator), which must be wagered at the same time as the Standard wager, but need not be of equal value to it.
If your hand does not achieve one of the hand rankings where a bonus bet has been placed, it will not qualify for a payout and you will forfeit your side wager.
If your hand does achieve one of the following hand rankings where the bonus bet has been placed, it will qualify for a Bonus pay out in accordance with payout odds that are stated on the table cloth.
- This game has a Return to Player of 97.27% based on good playing strategy.
- System malfunction voids all pays and plays.
- All currencies in the above are expressed in GBP. Please note that the amounts stated will apply in the user’s own currency.