Pai Gow Poker combines elements of the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow with the classic American poker. It is played with a standard 52-card deck and one joker. The joker can only be used as an Ace, or to complete a Straight or a Flush.
Each player is dealt seven cards, which each player arranges in two hands: a 2-card hand and a 5-card hand. Rankings are based on poker rankings. The highest two card hand is Aces, the highest 5-card hand is a royal flush. The 5-card hand must be higher than the 2-card hand. For example, if the 2-card hand is a pair of sevens, the five card hand must contain a pair of eight’s or higher.
The object of the game is for both of the player’s hands to rank higher than both of the banker’s hands. Should one hand rank exactly the same as the banker’s hand, a tie results. The banker wins all tie results. If the player wins one hand and loses the other a “push” results and no money changes hands. Winning hands are paid even money, less a 5%. Losing hands lose the amount wagered.