How To Play Pai Gow Poker

The Pai Gow Poker is a casino table game and is played with s standard 52-card decks and a joker. Rules for this game is not that complicated however. After the bet is made, each player is given seven cards and must make two poker hands, which is a standard five-card poker hand and two-card poker hand. Five-card hand other term is called “behind”, “bottom”, “high” or “big” while on the hand, two-card poker hand is called “in front”, “on top”, “small”, “minor” or “low” hand.

The five-card poker hands normally follow the standard what-beat-what rules, but only with two exceptions:

In some cases, a few casinos located in Nevada has a count of A-2-3-4-5 as the second highest straight. In other words, having a Joker on the table has a possibility of five of a kind which beats a straight flush.

The best two-card hands are pairs and simply high cards. Possibly the worst two-card hands is 2-3, whilst Aces are the best cards.


The Joker in Pai Gow Poker 

Joker’s other name in this game is called “bug”. This card acts like an Ace unless it could be used to fill out a straight or flush. To make it better, this could mean you can have five Aces which is technically the best five-card hand in Pai Gow.


Once all players have set their two poker hands, they will place their hands in front of them. Two-card hand in front and the other in the back. The players’ objective is to play against the “banker” and win with both hands. The banker can be a “dealer” as well, or even one of the players. It’s quite similar to Baccarat.

Determining Who Wins

There’s a number of ways to determine the win. Each of the players have to compare their hands with the banker. If both hands of the player beat the banker’s, that mean the player wins. Second, if one of the player’s hands beats the banker’s hands but not the other, automatically becomes a push or draw and the players takes back the money. Third, if the banker’s hands beat the player’s, then the player lose. And if it is a tie situation, the banker wins – basically one of the house’s advantage.