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Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow

Pai Gow Poker is also known to many as double hand poker. But no matterPai Gow Poker what name you use, the rules and objectives of the game stay the same. Generally speaking, Pai Gow Poker is used with regular playing cards, and the same poker combinations that most variations of the game follow. Due to its resemblance to other poker variations, it is usually quite easy for most experienced players to pick up on the rules of Pai Gow Poker.

Playing Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards, plus one joker. This game is set up for a maximum of six players. In addition to the players, one dealer will also be present at all times. In a game of Pai Gow Poker, each player is competing against the banker. This is different than other variations, such as Texas Hold ‘Em, where players are competing against one another. For many, the ability to compete against the banker is a huge benefit. Of course, there are others who do not like Pai Gow Poker because they do not get to use their strategy on all the other players at the table.

Each player at the table is dealt seven cards. The main objective is to form two separate hands; one with five cards in it, and one with two cards. In order to win, the five card hand must have a higher ranking than the two card hand.

After the cards are shuffled, seven piles of seven cards each are placed face down on the table. No matter how many people are playing, there are always four cards that are not being used. There are seven betting positions, and the player acting as the banker will get things started. From there, game play advances around the table in a counter-clockwise manner.

Poker Hands

 When it comes to winning hands, you can pretty much use basic poker knowledge. The only winning two card hand is high cards and one pair. Winning five card hands are the same as they are in other poker games; flush, straight, full house, etc.

To win, each of your hands must beat what the banker is holding. If only one hand is a winner, the game is a push. Of course, if you lose both hands, the game is a total loss.

Pai Gow Poker is not as popular as some other variations of the game, but it does have a loyal following. With simple rules, many people who are interested in poker get started with the Pai Gow variation.

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