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Pai Gow Rules
Pai Gow Sections: Rules How to Play Payoffs
Pai gow (pronounced pie-gow) poker originated some time in the late 1800s when the Chinese
helped construct the U.S. railroads. The game is believed to be a combination of American poker and pai gow, a
Chinese domino game.
Object of the Game
To have a 2-card hand and 5-card hand of higher rank than the banker's 2-card hand and
How to Play
Pai gow poker is played with one 52-card deck and a Joker.
The Bets. Select an initial bet amount and click Deal to begin the game. There is a
minimum bet of $5 and a maximum bet of $100.
The Cards. Aces may be considered high or low (ie. the ace can be used in an A-K-Q-J-10 or
5-4-3-2-A straight). The Joker can only be used to complete a Straight, a Flush, a Straight Flush or a Royal Flush
-- otherwise, the Joker is considered an Ace.
The Deal. Each player is initially dealt 7 cards. The player then forms a 5-card hand
called a high hand and a 2-card hand called a low hand. The high hand must be equal to or higher in rank than the
low hand. The low hand will always be either a pair or a high card hand. See below for a list of hands and their
To win, the player's two hands must both have a higher rank than the banker's two hands
(ie. the high hand must beat the banker's high hand, and the low hand must beat banker's low hand). Should the
player win one hand a lose the other, the wager is considered a push and is neither won nor lost. In all other
cases, the player loses. When a player's hand and banker's hand are of equal rank, it is called a copy, and is won
by the banker.
Pai Gow Poker Hands
Below are examples of all the pai gow poker hands ranked from highest to lowest. In pai
gow poker 10-J-Q-K-A is the highest straight, A-2-3-4-5 is the next highest, followed by 9-10-J-Q-K,