Basics Of Pai Gow Poker Explained

May 26, 2017


Pai Gow Poker is a popular table game at Australian online casinos powered by Microgaming and Playtech. The main reason is the built-in function that ensures you make the strategically optimum moves. It originates from a Chinese gambling game that is played using tiles. You play against the dealer as in most card based online casino games. Pai Gow Poker is played with a single deck that has 53 cards. The additional card is the joker.

You start the game by placing the ante wager, making sure that it is between the minimum and maximum table limits. You then click on the “Deal” button. Seven cards will be dealt face up for you. The dealer’s seven cards are dealt face down. You have to split your seven cards into two hands. One hand is of five cards and the other hand is of two cards. The five card hand follows the usual poker hand rankings. The highest two card hand is a pair and is then followed by the ranks of the cards. There are no straights or flushes in the two card hand.

You must keep the following rules in mind while splitting the cards. The two card hand has to be lower ranked than the five card hand. The joker can be used as a wild card only when making a straight or a flush. In all other cases the joker is an ace. Here comes the built-in function referred to earlier. You can use the house way to split the cards. This ensures that you have the best chance of winning. If you are conversant with the optimum Pai Gow Poker strategy you can make the split manually. It is suggested that you first split manually and then over ride your selection using the house way. This lets you test your skill, but ensures that your moves are correct in the end.

The dealer’s cards are then exposed and automatically split using the house way. Your five card hand is compared with the dealer’s five card hand and your two card hand is compared with the dealer’s two card hand. The dealer wins hands tied on the basis of hand ranking. If you win both hands then you are paid even money less a 5% house commission. If you win any one hand and lose the other then the bet pushes. If you lose both the hands then you lose the bet.