Procedure of Play
Pai gow poker is played with a 53 card deck, including a joker.
The joker is not a true wild card and details of its use are detailed below. The game
is one on one, the player against the dealer, each competing to make the best possible hands.
Each round starts with the player making a wager. At htis point,
the player receives seven cards. The player then arranges his or her seven cards into
a five-card hand (high hand) and a two-card hand (low hand). The five-card hand is
ranked as in poker, with the exception that an A-2-3-4-5 straight is the second highest
straight. The two-card hand will either be a pair or two individual cards. The player's
five-card hand must always be of higher rank than the two card hand.
After the player has arranged his or her cards and has clicked on
the "split" button, the dealer sets his hands according to the "house way". Once the
dealer has set his hands, the player's and dealer's five card hands are compared.
Likewise, the player's and dealer's two-card hands are compared. In both cases, the
highest hand wins. If the player beats the dealer with both hands then the player is
paid with even money, less a 5% commission. If the player wins one hand but loses the
other, the round is a push. If the player loses both hands he or she loses the entire
wager. In the event of an exact match between hands, the tie goes to the dealer.
The joker can only be used to complete a straight, flush, or
straight flush, otherwise it is treated as an ace.