A playing deck for Pai Gow Poker contains 52 cards and one Joker. The Joker may be used as a wild card to complete a straight, flush or straight flush. If not used for one of these combinations, it is used as an Ace.
You’ll receive seven cards, which you arrange into a five-card hand (the “high hand”) and a two-card hand (the “low hand”).
The object of Pai Gow Poker is to have both your hands beat both hands of the bank. Hands are ranked like traditional poker hands (see below). The five-card hand must out-rank the two-card hand according to the rules of traditional poker.
If the five-card hand does not out-rank the two-card hand, the hand is deemed a “foul” and is subject to forfeiture.
If one of your hands beats the dealer and the other doesn’t, the bet is a push. The bank wins all absolute tie rankings whether playing against the house or a player banker.
The option for each player to bank rotates from right to left one spot at a time. You may only bank when the “banker button” gets to your spot, and you have enough money in front of you to cover all the bets on the table.
A 5% commission is paid to the house on all Pai Gow Poker winnings.
Fortune Bonus Pai Gow Poker
Fortune Bonus Pai Gow Poker is an exciting additional bet to the traditional bets of Pai Gow Poker.
When you wager on the “Bonus” portion of the game, you are betting that the five-card hand you play will be good enough to receive a Bonus Payoff. The Jackpot wager is a separate bet and wins or loses regardless of whether your traditional bet wins, loses or pushes.
You must bet on the Pai Gow Poker portion of the game in order to play the Jackpot bet. The Jackpot wager may be larger than the Pai Gow Poker bet.