Pai Gow Poker


Posted by George | Posted in Poker | Posted on 08-12-2010

Pai-gow Poker is an American card-playing derivative of the centuries-old casino game of Chinese Dominoes. In the early 1800’s, Chinese laborers introduced the game while working in California.

The game’s reputation with Chinese bettors ultimately attracted the focus of entrepreneurial gamblers who substituted the classic tiles with cards and shaped the casino game into a new type of poker. Introduced into the poker rooms of California in ‘86, the game’s quick acclaim and popularity with Asian poker gamblers drew the focus of Nevada’s casino owners who swiftly assimilated the game into their own poker suites. The popularity of the game has continued into the 21st century.

Pai gow tables support up to 6 gamblers plus a dealer. Distinguishing from classic poker, all gamblers play against the dealer and not against just about every other.

In an anti-clockwise rotation, every player is dealt seven face down cards by the dealer. 49 cards are dealt, including the dealer’s 7 cards.

Every player and the croupier must form 2 poker hands: a superior hands of five cards along with a low hands of 2 cards. The hands are based on common poker rankings and as such, a 2 card hands of two aces would be the highest possible palm of 2 cards. A 5 aces hands will be the greatest 5 card hand. How do you receive five aces in a standard fifty-two card deck? You are actually wagering with a fifty-three card deck since one joker is allowed into the game. The joker is considered a wild card and might be used as another ace or to finish a straight or flush.

The greatest two hands win each game and only a single gambler having the two greatest hands simultaneously can win.

A dice throw from a cup containing 3 dice decides who will be given the very first hands. After the hands are given, gamblers must form the 2 poker hands, maintaining in mind that the five-card hand must constantly rank larger than the 2-card hand.

When all gamblers have set their hands, the dealer will generate comparisons with his or her hand rank for payouts. If a player has one hand increased in position than the dealer’s except a lower second hand, this is regarded as a tie.

If the croupier beats both hands, the player loses. In the case of each player’s hands and both croupier’s hands being the same, the croupier is the winner. In betting house play, ofttimes considerations are made for a player to become the croupier. In this case, the gambler will need to have the money for any payouts due succeeding gamblers. Of course, the player acting as croupier can corner several large pots if he can beat most of the players.

A few gambling establishments rule that players cannot deal or bank two back to back hands, and some poker suites will offer to co-bank fifty/fifty with any player that decides to take the bank. In all instances, the dealer will ask gamblers in turn if they would like to be the banker.

In Pai gow Poker, that you are given "static" cards which means you might have no opportunity to change cards to possibly improve your hands. However, as in traditional five-card draw, you’ll find strategies to generate the ideal of what you could have been given. An example is maintaining the flushes or straights in the five-card palm and the two cards remaining as the 2nd great palm.

If you’re lucky enough to draw four aces plus a joker, you’ll be able to keep three aces in the 5-card palm and strengthen your 2-card hand with the other ace and joker. Two pair? Maintain the greater pair in the 5-card palm and the other 2 matching cards will produce up the second hands.

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