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Pai Gow Poker - Game Guide
In Pai Gow Poker, the player and dealer both create a two card hand and a five card hand out of seven cards. The five card hand, for both the player and dealer, must be greater than the two card hand.
The hands are compared to one another. The player’s two card hand is compared to the dealer’s two card hand. High hand wins. The player’s five card hand is compared to the dealer’s five card hand. High hand wins. The benefit of player Pai Gow Poker in the online casino is that you can ask the casino to create your two card hand and five card hand via the Flamingo Casino House-Way. This will prevent you from making mistakes in creating your two hands and it gives you something to look at before making a decision on how to create both card sets.
Pai Gow Poker is also played with a single Joker. The Joker can only be used to complete a straight or flush in the five card hand. Otherwise, the Joker counts as an Ace.
Pai Gow Poker - How to Play
After you place your bet, the dealer gives you seven cards and deals seven downcards to himself. You have to create a two card hand and a five card hand out of the seven cards. The online casino lets you do this via the House Way tool, or you can do it on your own. Make sure that the two card hand is of less value than the five card hand. Here’s an example:
Dealer gives you a Jack, Joker, 3, 9, 10, 8, Queen. You put the 3 with the Joker for the two card hand and the Jack, 9, 10, Queen and 8 for the five card hand. The reason that you do this is so that you can create a straight with the five card hand, 8, 9, 10, Jack and Queen.
For your two card hand, the Joker counts as an Ace. Your two card hand is Ace (Joker), 3. If the dealer’s five card hand is King, King, King, 3, 2, then you win with your five card hand because a straight beats 3 of a Kind. If the dealer’s two card hand is Ace, 4, then you lose with your two card hand because an Ace, 4 beats an Ace (Joker), 3.
The end result in this example is a tie. You won the five card hand and the dealer won the two card hand.
Pai Gow Poker - Bet Types
The only bet available in Pai Gow Poker is your initial bet. You cannot raise your bet in Pai Gow Poker. The bet can range from the minimum bet to the maximum bet.
Pai Gow Poker - Minimum and Maximum Bet Amounts
The minimum bet in Pai Gow Poker is $1.
The maximum bet in Pai Gow Poker is $100.
Pai Gow Poker – Payouts
Pai Gow Poker pays out 1:1. If you bet $100 and you win both your five card hand and your two card hand, you win back $100 in profit.
Pai Gow Poker - Strategy/Tips
You can go ahead and try to set up your two card hand and five card hand by yourself, but why do that? The online casino makes it very easy for you to set your hands via the House Way tool. The Flamingo Casino House-Way isn’t always the optimal method to use, but it’s a great starting point if you’re new to the game and the best part is that you don’t have to stick with the house way.
Therefore, it makes sense to use the House Way tool first and then decide if there is a better way to create your two card and five card sets. Remember, that the idea is to maximize your chances of winning both card sets. If you only win one of the card sets, you could end up in a tie with the dealer.
Poker – Glossary
act – To check, call, play, fold, open betting or raise. In Pai Gow Poker, you can only play or fold.
action – A bet.
ante – The minimum bet before a game of poker begins.
deal – The act of distributing cards to players.
face cards – Cards in the deck with “faces”: the Jack, Queen and King.
flush – A hand where all of the cards are of the same suit: all cards are diamonds, clubs, hearts or spades.
fold – Giving up on the hand, admitting that you’ve lost.
four of a kind – Four cards of the same value. Four Aces constitutes four of a kind.
full house – In a five card game of poker, having a pair and three of a kind.
hand – The cards that each player holds. Example: if you’re dealt a King, Queen and Jack, your hand is a King, Queen and Jack.
high card – The card with the highest value in a hand.
hole – The cards dealt face down.
off-suit – Cards not in the same suit.
pair – Two cards of the same value.
play – To play means to bet or raise in a game.
push – A tie or draw.
raise – To increase your wager.
royal flush – When your cards, in a five card poker game, are a 10, Jack, Queen, King and Ace and are all of the same suit, all of the cards are hearts, for example. A royal flush is the best possible hand in the game of poker.
shuffle – Mixing up the cards before they’re dealt.
straight – When your cards in order. For example, a 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 in a five card game of poker constitutes a straight.
straight flush – When all of your cards are in order and of the same suit. For example, a 6 of clubs, 7 of clubs, 8 of clubs, 9 of clubs and 10 of clubs in a five card game of poker constitutes a straight flush.
table limit – The maximum and minimum wagers allowed in a game.
three of a kind – Having three cards of the same value, three 9s, as an example.
two of a kind – A pair, two cards of the same value. Example: two 8s constitute a pair of eights.