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HISTORY
Pai Gow Poker combines the elements of the Chinese tile game of Pai Gow and the American game of Stud Poker. It is believed that the game originated when so many Chinese laborers built the United States' first railroads in the late 1800s.

OBJECT
The object of the game is to have a higher ranked five-card and two-card Poker hand than the house.
OVERVIEW
You will be dealt seven cards. These cards must be split into two Poker hands: a five-card high hand and a two-card low hand. You can split your hand however you like but you must follow one simple rule: your high hand must be ranked higher than your low hand. If you do not set your hands properly, you forfeit your bet as indicated on the lower left side of the game in the result area. Use the Hand Rankings chart to assist you in setting your hands. To win, you must out-rank the house's high and low hand. If one of your hands wins and one loses, the hand is a push.

Anytime one of your hands is identical to one of the house's hands, the hands are said to be a copy. The house wins all copies. Note that two straights are not necessarily a copy. If you have a 7, 8, 9, 10, J straight and the house has a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 straight, you win because your straight is higher than the house's. Winning bets pay a 5% commission. If your high and low hand out-rank the house's high and low hand, you win!

Hand Rankings
Hand Ranking (highest to lowest)
Five AcesFour Aces plus Joker
Royal FlushA, K, Q, J, 10
Straight FlushA, K, Q, J, 10 - Highest
A, 2, 3, 4, 5 - 2nd Highest
2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - Lowest
Four of a KindFour cards of same rank
Full HouseThree of a kind and a Pair
FlushFive cards suited
StraightA, K, Q, J, 10 - Highest
A, 2, 3, 4, 5 - 2nd Highest
2, 3, 4, 5, 6 - Lowest
Three of a KindThree cards of same rank
Two PairTwo sets of two cards of same rank
One PairTwo cards of same rank
High CardSingle highest card

GAME RULES
  • The five-card high hand must be higher ranked than the two-card low hand.
  • The house wins all copy hands.
  • Winners are determined according to standard Poker hand rankings with the exception of A, 2, 3, 4, 5 which is the second highest straight or straight flush if the cards are suited.
  • The Joker can be used only as an Ace or to complete straights and flushes.
TABLE CONDITIONS
  • A single deck of standard playing cards including a Joker, is shuffled after each hand.
  • Minimun bet is $5.
  • Maximum bet is $300.
  • Winning bets pay even money less a 5% commission.
PLAYING THE GAME
The game starts when you place a bet. The details of placing bets can be read in Placing Bets on Table Games. It is strongly recommended that you read these Common Factors before playing. After placing your bet, left-click the Deal Button to deal the hand. Select the two cards you want to play in your low hand by left-clicking on the desired cards. If you change your mind, you can de-select a card by left-clicking on the card again. Once your hand is set, left-click the Done button. Your cards will be arranged as you designated into your high and low hands and the dealer will set the house hand. The house hand is set according to house rules. After the dealer sets the house hand, your hands will be compared to the house hands. Remember, you must win both your high and low hand to get paid. Place another bet to play again.

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS FOR PAI GOW POKER

ActionResult
EnterDeal, Done
Up ArrowIncrease bet in $1 increments
(Shift)Up ArrowIncrease bet in $10 increments
Down ArrowDecrease bet in $1 increments
(Shift)Down ArrowDecrease bet in $10 increments
DeleteRemove all bets from table



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