Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards plus one joker, three dice, a dice cup and a marker. The marker is used to designate the Banker, a function that rotates around the table among the players and house dealer. Any player may decline to bank if they wish. When it’s your turn to bank, you will be betting against every other player at the table. You must first put enough money on the table to cover the bets of all the players. When you win, all of their bets will be yours.
To start, the dealer shuffes the cards and deals seven hands of seven cards face down. The four cards left over are placed in the discard holder. The Banker then shakes the dice to determine which of the seven player positions at the table will receive the rst hand. A hand will go to each of the seven positions whether or not there are seven players at the table.
Sort your seven cards into a two-card and ve-card hand, using normal poker rankings. Your highest possible hand would be:
1) for two cards, a pair of Aces
2) for five cards, a Royal Flush
The five-card hand must always outrank the two-card hand. For example, if the two-card hand were to hold a pair of sevens, the five-card hand must hold a pair of eights or better. The joker can be used only as an Ace, or to complete a straight, a flush, or a straight- flush.
To win, your two-card hand must beat the Banker’s two-card hand, and your five-card hand must beat the Banker’s five-card hand. If one of your hands wins and the other one loses, it’s a push. Hands that tie lose to the bank. Winning hands are paid even money, less a 5 percent commission. No commission is charged if at least $5 is wagered on the Fortune bet on that round of play.
- Once the dealer exposes the Banker’s cards, players cannot touch their cards.
- Any player’s hand that is set incorrectly is an automatic loser. (For example, if a player’s hands are set up so that his/her two-card low hand ranks higher than the five-card hand, or, the player puts three cards in the low hand and four in the high hand.) Players are responsible for arranging their own hands and should do so with care.
- Neither the House Bank or Player Bank may set an automatic losing hand. The hand must be reset under house rules.
- The highest two-card hand is a pair of Aces.
- The five card hand must rank higher than the two-card hand. A Royal Flush is the highest five-card hand.
An additional wager may be placed in the “Bonus” circle. The player is betting that in the seven cards received, he/she will create a qualifying five-card poker hand. The wager wins odds payoff based on the rank of the five-card hand. Additionally, if any player at the table makes a five-card hand of four-of-a-kind or better, the other players who have made the Bonus side wager of at least $5 qualify to receive the Envy Bonus payout from the Bonus Schedule, regardless of whether their own hand was of a qualifying nature.
Fortune Pai Gow Poker Wager
$5 minimum Fortune Pai Gow Poker wager qualifies for the Envy Bonus