Pai Gow Poker is played using a single deck of standard cards including a Joker. Both the player and the dealer are initially dealt 7 cards. These cards must be split up into two hands, a two-card front hand and a five-card back hand. You can split the hand however you like, but you must follow one simple rule: your back hand must be ranked higher than your front hand. To win, your hands must rank higher than the house's front and back. If one of your hands wins and one loses, the hand is a push.

Here are the rules to remember when playing Pai-Gow Poker:

  • The 5-card hand must outrank the 2-card hand
  • Hands are ranked according to standard poker rankings
  • The Joker is considered wild only when completing a straight or a flush, otherwise it’s considered an ace
  • The Dealer wins any copied hands
  • The highest ranking hand is 4 aces plus the joker

Pai-Gow Poker pays out 19/20 on wins.

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