PaiGow poker has its roots in the ancient Chinese game of PaiGow,
and is now a blend of the ancient game and American poker. PaiGow
poker has grown quickly in popularity. When you play PaiGow poker,
the dealer and player will be dealt 7 cards each to make a five
card high-hand and a two card low-hand. To win, you must beat both
of the dealer's hands. If you only succeed in winning one of the
two hands, the round results in a tie. The dealer wins absolute
ties (i.e. King/Queen vs King/Queen).
PaiGow poker is played with a traditional deck of 52 cards plus
a Joker. The deck is reshuffled after every hand. Each player is
dealt 7 cards and must split them into two separate hands. The first
hand is referred to as the "high hand", and consists of 5 cards.
The second hand is referred to as the "low hand", and consists of
only 2 cards. The player's low hand is played against the dealer's
low hand, and likewise for the high hand. The game follows general
poker ranking rules: one pair, three of a kind, etc. (see below).
The 5-card hand must always rank higher than the 2-card hand. For
example, if your seven cards are: Ace, Ace, 9, 7, 5, 4, 3, you cannot
place the two Aces as your "low hand". The pair of Aces must be
kept in the "high hand" (i.e. the 5-card hand). PaiGow Poker follows
the standard rules of the Nevada Gaming Commission. The exceptions,
however, are that players cannot play the dragon or act as dealer.
Furthermore, the players do not lose their bets if they mistakenly
create a "dead hand" ( i.e. incorrectly arranging low and high hands),
but are merely warned to rearrange their cards.
(Note: The deck of cards is reshuffled at the beginning of each
The Joker card is wild but only used to complete Straights,
Flushes, and Straight Flushes. When used in Straights or Straight
Flushes the Joker becomes the value and suit needed to complete
the hand. When used in Flushes the Joker becomes the highest value
card in the suit that is absent. If used alone, the Joker becomes
an ACE. The Joker can never be used to create pairs other than with
another ACE, three of a kind, four of kind, or five of kind hand.
The following chart is from highest hand to lowest hand.
Of A Kind
only. Four aces plus a joker
- King - Queen - Jack - 10 of the same suit
cards in sequence of the same suit.
Of A Kind
four cards of the same value
of a kind and a pair
cards from the same suit
five cards in sequence but not of the same suit
Of A Kind
cards of the same value and two unmatched cards
cards with the same value with another two cards of the same
value with any other card.
cards of the same value and three unmatched cards
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