How To Play Pai Gow Poker

Bonus Pai Gow Poker is a card game played between you and the dealer. Using a 53 card deck (with 1 Joker), you are both dealt 7 cards, from which you have to make two separate hands - a High Hand and a Low Hand.

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Your 7 cards are divided into a 5-card High Hand and a 2-card Low Hand (which cannot have a higher value than your High Hand). Using traditional poker hand rankings, if both your hands beat the Dealer's corresponding hands, then you win. If only one hand beats the Dealer's, then your bet is pushed. If your hand is equal to the Dealer's, the Dealer wins.

  1. Place your initial bet, and your additional bonus bet if you wish.

  2. You and the Dealer are dealt 7 cards each. If you have made a bonus bet, and your 7-card hand qualifies for a bonus payout (Three of a Kind or above), this will be shown under your hand.

  3. You now need to divide your cards into a 5-card High Hand and a 2-card Low Hand. To follow the House's recommendations for dividing your cards, click on 'House Way' - your hands will automatically be split according to the optimal play strategy. The Dealer always plays the House Way.

  4. To divide the hands yourself, click on the 2 cards to be your Low Hand. The value of each hand will then be displayed. Remember, to win, both hands have to beat the dealer. Consider for example whether it is best to split two pairs if you have no other high value cards.

  5. To continue, click on 'Play' to see the Dealer's hands.

N.B. The Joker card can only be used as a Wild Card to complete a Straight, a Flush, a Straight Flush or a Royal Flush. Otherwise, it is considered an Ace (i.e. it will give you a hand of High Card - Ace if you have no other valid hand).