Pai Gow Poker is a MicroGaming developed table game for all fans who fancy something different with their poker variants. With a touch of Asia about its table design, and the chance to try and form two winning hands, this ornate blue-colored table poker game may look like your standard run-of-the-mill title, but it really is anything but.
The Look and Feel of Pai Gow Poker
If you haven’t played Pai Gow Poker before, the table can look daunting. However, the game is rather simple. Players will be dealt a seven-card hand after placing a bet. They must then divide their hand up into two hands, a five-card hand and a 2-card hand. Both hands will be measured against the dealer’s hand to see if any prizes are won.
Bets in Pai Gow Poker are fair. The lowest chip available is worth $1, and the maximum chip value is $500. These also happen to be the table limits in this game.
How To Play Pai Gow Poker
As mentioned, the objective is to create two poker hands, accordingly to the standard poker hand rankings. However, there are some notable exceptions. Ace, 2, 3, 4 and 5 is the highest value straight in Pai Gow Poker, and jokers can be used as a wild to land five-card flushes, straights or straight flushes.
A player’s five-card hand must outrank the player’s two-card hand. If both of your hands are better than the dealer’s hands, then you will win 1:1 on your bet. If only one of your hands is better than the dealer’s hands, then the hands will push, and your bets are returned to you. If both your hands are worse than the dealer’s hands, the dealer wins. In the event of a tied push (both hands are the same), the dealer wins. Players should also note that RTG’s Pai Gow Poker also has a 5% commission on your winnings.