Pai Gow Poker is an interesting version of Poker that has been much popularized by pop culture references. It is also known as Double Hand Poker which is also played with cards or Pai Gow. Before we get into the definite rules and regulations of Pai Gow Poker, here are a few general things for you to remember. Pai Gow Poker involves the use of a deck of 52 cards, including one extra card of Joker. Only a maximum of six players is allowed to sit around the table and play at once. And speaking of the objective of the game, the ones playing the game are expected to beat the banker to win the game. Now this banker could be anyone at the table- the dealer, another player or a tea of player-dealer. We shall now be getting into the specifics of the game and look at them in their more significant details.
Dealing the Game of Pai Gow Poker
The cards are first thoroughly shuffled and then placed into seven-faced down piles, each of which contains seven cards. These piles are placed one for every player, and the dealer discards the four extra unused cards. The cards in this game are dealt in an interesting fashion. The seats are numbered from one to seven and the any one number is chosen at random. The number that is chosen gets the cards dealt, and the dealer then starts dealing the cards in an anti-clockwise fashion starting with that person.
Setting the Hand
Rules slightly differ from each other depending on the type of hand you are playing. For instance, for a two-card hand, one can only make pairs and high-cards. However, for the five-card hand, the rules of standard Poker are applied. And in order to win, it is important that the five-card hand is better than the two-card hand and is able to outrank the two-card hand. The use of the Joker only comes in to make a straight or a flush. And if neither of the rules applies, the Joker must be used as an ace. However, it is also important to remember that different casinos have different rules when it comes to the use of the Joker card.
Finally, the Showdown
We have now come to the last part of the game where the two-card hand and the five-card hand are placed at the front and at the back respectively. If it is seen that the hands have been set incorrectly, then it is required that they are reset according to the rules of the house or the player (this depends on who the banker is).
Pai Gow Poker is an interesting variation of Poker that can add a lot of fun to your evenings. It is a great game to bond over in a fun gathering and can leave you with memories that you can cherish for a very long time.