Pai-Gow Poker Rules

Pai Gow Poker

Description and Objective

Pai Gow Poker is a card game played with a 53-card deck consisting of a standard deck of 52 cards plus one Joker. The player receives seven cards, which must then be “set” two hands are compared with the dealer’s two hands to determine the winner.

Pai-Gow Poker Rules:

  • The 5-card hand must rank higher than the 2-card hand.
  • Cards are ranked according to standard poker rules (see chart below).
  • Joker can only be used to complete straights or flushes, otherwise it counts as an Ace.
  • Dealer wins any copied hand.

The Player can win if:

  • Both the 5-card and the 2-card poker hand outrank the dealer’s hand.

The Player loses if:

  • Both the 5-card and the 2-card poker hand are outranked by the dealer’s hand.
  • The dealer outranks either of the two hands and the other hand is a copy.

The Player pushes if:

  • The player wins one hand and the dealer wins the other.

Ranking the Hands/Card Values

The hands are ranked according to standard poker rules with one exception: the Ace-2-3-4-5 straight is the second highest straight. Straights rank, from highest to lowest: Ace-K-Q-J-10, Ace-2-3-4-5, K-Q-J-10-9, 6-5-4-3-2. Also, keep in mind that the best two-card hand is a pair of aces; the two-card hand cannot have a flush (since a flush requires five cards).

Hand Name Description Example
Five of a Kind 4 aces plus the Joker AS, AH, AD, AC, Joker
Royal Flush 10, J, Q, K, A of same suit 10H, JH, QH, KH, AH
Straight Flush In sequence, 5 cards of same suit 3S, 4S, 5S, 6S, 7S
Four of a Kind 4 cards of same rank 6D, 6S, 6C, 6H
Full House 3 of a kind, plus a pair 2H, 2D, 2S, 3H, 3S
Flush 5 cards of same suit 2D, 4D, 6D, 8D, 9D,
Straight 5 cards in sequence 3H, 4C, 5H, 6S, 7D
Three of a Kind 3 cards of same rank 7H, 7S, 7D
Two Pair 2 pairs of different rank 4H, 4S, 6D, 6S
One Pair 1 pair (2 cards) of same rank KD, KH
High Card 5 cards of different ranks and suits AH, KS, 10D, 5C, 2C

Player Actions/Button Descriptions:

Bet – To place a bet, the Player must click on the chip value that they wish to bet.

Deal – Press Deal to begin the game once a bet has been placed. The Player gets 7 cards face up and the Dealer gets 7 cards face down.

Split – To split the cards into two hands, the player must click on the 2 cards that will make up the 2 card hand and then click the Split button.


Winnings paid to the player are even minus a 5% commission. If the player risked $100, the winning hand would return the risk amount plus an additional $95. The game will round up to the next $0.25 when taking commissions.

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