Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker is a variation of the Chinese domino game called Pai Gow. The game is played with 53 cards instead of 52, including a joker that is used as a wild card. The dealer plays one player at a time, which is the only similarity this game shares with the game Blackjack.

A game begins by placing a bet in a small marked area in front of him/her. The dealer deals the player seven cards in a row, face down, and then deals her/himself seven cards, face down. The player and the dealer divide their individually dealt (seven) cards into two playing hands, according to suit and rank, as in standard Poker.

One hand must consist of five cards and the other hand of two cards. The five-card hand must be higher in rank than the two-card hand; i.e. the value of the two-card hand may not exceed that of the five-card hand.

Once the five-card and two-card hands have been sorted, the player and dealer reveal them to one another. The player compares the corresponding two hands with the dealer. If both hands are higher than the dealer’s hands, then he/she wins. If neither of the hands beats the dealer’s hands, then the player loses. Should only one of the hands beat the corresponding dealer’s hands, then the game is a tie or push.

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