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Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker is a Poker variation arcade casino game played in the best online casinos. It is a modern-day popular casino game based on the basics of the ancient Chinese Domino Game.
It is a game played with a pack of 52 cards and includes the joker. It is played by six players and a dealer. The winner is the one who beats the banker’s two hands.
Seven cards are dealt to each player in a turn. The player must place his/her bet before each one of the players has received the cards. That equals 49 cards and 4 cards are left in the deck. The player sets two hands.
The player looks at his cards and divides it into two hands. One hand consists of two cards and the other of five cards. The cards are arranged so that the five card hand is higher than the two card hand. The card values cannot be discussed at any stage.
The joker can be used as Ace card or to complete a flush or straight. The ranking of the five-hand cards is same as in poker. The exception is that here in Pai Gow an A-2-3-4-5 straight is the second highest straight.
The two-hand cards can be a pair or two individual cards. A pair of Aces is the highest two card hand and a 2-3 is counted as the lowest.
After having arranged his cards into two hands, the player places the two hands face down. The dealer then exposes his seven cards. From this moment on, the players have no right to touch their cards.
The dealer then arranges his seven cards into two hands, one with two cards and the other with five cards. Now, all the players’ cards are exposed.
The result between the dealer and each player is determined by comparing the player's 5-card hand with the dealer's 5-card hand and the player's 2-card hand with the dealer's 2-card hand.
In case the player wins both hands, the dealer pays out the amount staked by the player. If the dealer wins one hand and the player wins the other no money changes hands. This is called a "push".
If dealer wins both hands, then dealer wins the player's stake. In case of a tie, the dealer wins that hand. If the dealer wins one hand and the other hand is tied, then the dealer wins both the hands. If one hand is tied and the other hand is won by the player, then there is no money transfer and the situation is called a ‘push’.
There it not much the player can do to increase his the odds. The basic strategy in case the player has two medium pairs is to keep the higher pair in the five-card hand and the smaller pair in the two-card hand.
The player should always take care to keep the Straights and Flushes in the five-card hand. Occasions where the player might receive three pairs may occur. When such a situation arises, then the Pai Gow strategy advice is to keep the two smaller pair in the five-card hand and the biggest pair in the two-card hand.