Pai Gow Poker Game Rules

Now let’s learn some different kinds of poker other than hold’em, seven card stud, 5 card draw and Omaha. Yes, double-hand poker. Now you must be thinking that double-hand sounds a bit Chinese; yes you’re right, this card game is a blending of the Chinese game pai gow and poker
Clearly this is not one of the most acclaimed forms of poker but still commonly played. It can be played by up to seven players. It’s played with 1 deck of 52 cards, including a joker. Interestingly, the Joker can only be used as an ace, or to finish off a straight, flush, straight flush, or royal flush. The important detail here to clearly recall is aside from the usual ranking of hands we have one more winning hand which is "Five Aces" (5 aces including the joker). Astonishingly, five aces beats every other hand including royal flush. Each player is given seven cards. These cards are arranged to create 2 hands; a 2 card hand and a five card hand. The five card hand has to rank higher or be equal to the two card hand.
After setting up the 2 hands, the cards are placed on the poker table with the faces down. Once on the table, you are no longer allowed to touch them. The dealer will turn over his cards and make his hands. Each players hand is played against the dealer’s hands. If the player take 1 hand and loses the other, this is referred to as "push" and absolutely no cash is lost or won. If dealer wins both hands then the player looses their wager and vice versa. Now if the hand is a tie, the croupier wins everything. After the hand is played, the next person clock-wise becomes the croupier and the following hand is given out.

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