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The objective in 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.
Pai Gow Poker is played with a deck of 53 cards consisting of a standard 52 card deck plus one joker. You are dealt seven cards and must split them into two separate hands. The first hand is referred to as the high hand and consists of five cards. The second hand is referred to as the low hand and consists of two cards. The 5-card hand must always rank higher than the 2-card hand. For example, if your seven cards are: king + king + 9 + 7 + 5 + 4 + 2, the pair of kings must be kept in "the highest hand" (i.e. the 5-card hand).
Your objective is to beat both of the dealer's hands. If both of your hands beat the dealer's hands, you receive 1 to 1 minus 5% commission. If both your hands lose against the dealer's hands, you lose the bet. If you succeed in winning one of the two hands, the round results in a tie and you keep the bet.
In Pai Gow Poker, the highest-ranking hand is five aces (i.e. four aces plus the wild card). This poker hand beats a royal flush. The only difference between the system of ranking hands in Pai Gow Poker and in other poker games is that A-K-Q-J-10 ranks as the highest straight, A-2-3-4-5 ranks as the second highest straight, followed by the straight composed of K-Q-J-10-9.
The wild card, or joker, may be used only as a single ace or to complete a straight flush, flush or straight.
When the player and the dealer compare hands that have the same rank, the hand is referred to as a copy hand. The dealer wins a copy hand in Pai Gow Poker. For example, if your low hand is composed of an ace + king and the dealer has an ace + king as well, the dealer will win that portion of the hand.
In order to play you need to place a bet. To place a bet you must first select which chip value you would like your chips to have when you place them on the table. They can be found in the middle of the bottom bar. Left-clicking a chip value will select it. Once a chip value is selected, place your bet within the bet area on the table, once you have placed the bet you would like to play press DEAL.
Both banker and player will be dealt seven cards. Once the cards have been dealt you are supposed to arrange your seven cards into a five-card hand and a two-card hand, do this by clicking the two cards you would like to be included in your two-card hand. Once you are satisfied with your selection press SPLIT.
After you have split your hands, the banker arranges his according to a set of fixed rules known as the house way. Then your five-card hand is compared to the dealer's five-card hand, the higher hand wins. Likewise, your two-card hand is compared to the dealer's two-card hand. If you win one and lose one the bet is a push. If you lose both the player loses the entire wager.
Each table has a set limit that cannot be exceed. If you wish to play by a higher limit than the current set limit you may change the limit by clicking the TABLE LIMITS sign located in the upper left corner of the table. Once the sign has been clicked a dialogue window will open displaying the different limits there are for the table. To view what the limit currently is set to simply drag your mouse pointer over the sign and the current limit will be displayed.
It is not possible to place any side bets in Pai gow poker.