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GAME RULES: Paigow
Pai Gow Poker was created and introduced by Sam Torosian and Fred Wolf. It is played on a
table set for six players, plus the dealer. Each player tries to shoot down the banker, who may
be the casino dealer or one of the other participants at the board. This requires having enough
money on the part of the player who wants to act as a banker, so that he can cover all of the
other player’s bets. The casino earns five percent of all the winning bets.
The game is recreated with a standard 52-card deck, plus a single joker. The joker is used as an
ace or a wild card to complete a straight, a flush or straight flush only. The game starts with the
players making their bets according to the table minimum. The cards are shuffled by the dealer,
and then doled out to the table in seven face-down piles of seven cards per deal. The Banker
shakes a cup containing three dice to determine who receives the first hand.
The dealer deals out 7 cards to each player and himself in the rotation. Everyone then looks at
their cards and attempts to make the best 5-card and 2-card poker hands. There is a marked
place on the table for the players to place their hands. The 2-card hand is placed in front and the
5-card hand is put behind it. The 5-card hand must rank higher than the 2-card hand. In case,
the 2-card hand ranks higher, then it is considered as a foul and one loses automatically. The
hands are compared against those of the dealers. If both hands beats the dealer then the player
wins and vice-versa, but in case, both the dealer and the player win on a hand, it is a push.
When the casino acts as the Banker the dealers must go down their hands, agreeing to certain
formulae, which is called the “House Way. ” If one is unsure of how to set his hand, he can need
the trader to adjust it the House Way. This will restrain him from making a mistake.
PaiGow is a slower paced game for there are many pushes. The Banker always has an
advantage because it wins the copies (Ties).
Pai Gow Strategy:
Back = 5 card hand
Employ the highest card in the back and second and third highest in social movement
Place pair in back, highest other two cards in social movement.
Big Pair is 7’ s thru 10’ s: Locate both pairs in back if you can put Ace in front.
Big Pair is 2’ s thru 6’ s: Locate both pairs in back if you can put King in front;
Locate big pair in front. otherwise split.
THREE OF A KIND:
Kings and Below: Locate three of a kind in back; two
TWO SETS (3 of a kind): Place pair from higher set in front.
highest cards in
STRAIGHT; FLUSH; STRAIGHT FLUSH:
With No Pair:
Two highest cards are located in front that leave a complete hand in back.
With One Pair:
Place two highest cards possible (pair or no brace) in front that leave a complete hand in back.
With Two Pair:
With Three of a Kind: Locate pair in front and complete hand in back.
Place pair in front and three of a kind in back.
FOUR OF A KIND:
Jacks thru Aces:
Rip and put one pair in front and one in rear.
7’ s thru 10’ s:
Put four of a kind in back if you can put Ace or King in front; otherwise separate.
6’ s or Below:
Never break up as long as you can place a card higher than the 4 of a kind in front.
With a Pair:
Play pair in front and four of a kind in back.
With Three of a Kind:
Place highest pair in front; full house in back.
Put pair of Aces in front.
That is the basic strategy which should be followed for the game. When in doubt, just call for the
trader to set your cards the House Way.