Game types / Poker / Pai Gow Poker

What does poker and Chinese domino have in common? More than you would expect. The combination of the rules from these two games created the Pai Gow Poker - the variant of Stud poker which is suitable for poker beginners. Pai Gow Poker can be found in real casinos as well as online.



The combination of poker and domino

Unlike other poker games, Pai Gow is played with 53 cards of the French type. The one extra card is joker which is used as the Wild card. In online casino, you can choose if you want to play alone against the dealer or with other players. In real casinos, the first option is mostly lacking. The main goal in the game is to have two winning combinations and to beat the dealer.

Beware of the winning combinations

Do not forget that Pai Gow Poker has different winning combinations from the ones you know from Texas Hold'em Poker.

Pai Gow winning combinations, ordered from the highest to the lowest:

  1. Five Aces
  2. Royal Flush
  3. Straight Flush
  4. Quaternion
  5. Colour (Flush)
  6. Flush
  7. Trinity
  8. Two Pairs
  9. Ace
  10. King
  11. Queen
  12. Jack

Summary for Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker is a lot about luck, but even a bullock can be lucky, so why not you :) The important thing is to know the winning combinations perfectly so that you won't foulplay needlessly. Another easy poker version is 5-Card Draw.

The rules of Pai Gow Poker online

The game begins with a bet. Think twice before you place it, it's the only bet in the whole game. Stake the desired number of tokens and press the Deal button. You will get seven cards (as well as the dealer), which you must divide into two piles (of five and of two cards).

Place the highest possible winning combination into the bigger pile and the second highest one into the smaller pile. After you divide it, press Done.

And now is the time for the decision to be made. First, the smaller pile is shown - that is, two cards. The dealer reveals the cards last. If you have better cards than him, the game goes on by revealing the other pile. If you have the higher winning combination here, too, the winner is you. And you win the double amount of the bet sum. If you have only one combination better than the dealer, you get the bet back.

Beware of fouls! If you don't divide your cards according to the rules, you play a so-called dead hand (foul) which means the end of the game.