Double-hand Poker Rules


Posted by George | Posted in Poker | Posted on 15-04-2011

Now let’s discover some alternate variations of poker other than Texas holdem, 5 card stud, five card draw and omaha hold’em. Yes, double-hand poker. Now you must be thinking that pai gow sounds a little Chinese; well you’re correct, this card game is a blending of the Chinese game pai gow and our own American poker
Absolutely this isn’t one of the highly acclaimed types of poker but still widely played. It can be played by up to 7 players. It is played with 1 deck of 52 cards, plus a joker. Interestingly, the Joker can be used only as an ace, or to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush, or royal flush. The important thing here to remember is apart from the typical ranking of hands we have an additional winning hand that is "Five Aces" (four Aces and the Joker). Astonishingly, 5 aces beats every other hand including royal flush. Every player is given seven cards. The cards are arranged to make two hands; a two card hand and a five card hand. The five card hand has to rank higher or be equivalent to the two card hand.
After arranging the 2 hands, the cards are placed on the table face down. Once down, you are no longer allowed to touch them. The dealer will flip over their cards and arrange their hands. Every competitors hand is played against the croupier’s hands. Should the player take 1 hand and loses the other, this is called a "push" and absolutely no money is exchanged. If croupier wins both hands then the bettor looses their wager the opposite is true if the player wins both hands. Now if there is a draw, the croupier wins all. Once the hand is played, the next person clock-wise gets to be the dealer and the next hand is dealt.

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