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Pai Gow Poker Tropicana Casino Games

When it comes to interesting Las Vegas casino games, Pai Gow poker is definitely one that you will want to try. This American variation of a Chinese domino game played with cards – Pai Gow – combines the low hand/high hand-structure of Pai Gow with poker hands. Want to learn more?

Objective

The objective of Pai Gow poker is to make the two best poker hands.

Rules

  • Pai Gow is played with 53 cards, which is the standard 52-card deck plus one Joker that can be used as an A or to complete a flush, straight or straight flush.
  • Each player is dealt seven cards and all players, except for the dealer, look at their cards.
  • Players divide their seven cards into two hands – a two-card hand and a five-card hand.
  • For the five-card hand, the values are the same as in normal poker except that A, 2, 3, 4, 5 is the second-highest type of straight (falling between A, K, Q, J, 10 and K, Q, J, 10, 9). Five A is the highest hand and will beat a straight flush.
  • For the two-card hand, any two unmatched cards will lose to a pair; no other combinations are possible.
  • Players arrange their cards so the five-card hand is higher than the two-card hand (e.g., if the two-card hand was two A, the five-card hand would need to contain at least two pairs or better).
  • All players place both hands down, at which point the dealer’s seven cards are revealed.
  • Once the dealer’s seven cards have been revealed, players may not touch their cards until the game ends.
  • The dealer puts the seven cards into a five-card and two-card hand.
  • The players’ cards are then revealed. The results are determined by comparing the five-card hands of the player versus the dealer and the two-card hands of the player versus the dealer.
  • If the player wins both hands, the dealer pays out.
  • If the player wins one hand and the dealer wins the other, this is a “Push” and you don’t win or lose.
  • If the dealer wins both hands, the player pays out.
  • If either hand is tied, the dealer wins that hand.

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