Pai Gow Poker is a modern game with ancient origins. Based on the ancient Chinese domino game and the modern American version of poker, Pai Gow poker combines the east with the west in a great game for beginning level players.
Pai Gow Poker is a poker game that pits the player against the dealer, unlike most other poker games that players play against other players. By playing against the dealer, beginning players don’t have to worry about other, more experienced people taking their money.
Another Pai Gow advantage is the relatively slow game play, novices can take their time and strategize without needing to make hasty decisions. It’s also easier to play for a long time with just a little bit of money since, to lose, both of your hands must be lower than both of the dealer’s hands.
Pai Gow is played with 53 cards; the regular 52-card standard deck and one joker. The player is dealt seven cards face up and the dealer receives seven cards face down.
A five card hand and a two card hand must be made from the seven cards, the five card hand must be higher than the two card hand. To win, a player needs both of his hand values to be higher than the dealer’s.
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