Pai Gow Poker Fortune

6 Players Each

Fortune Pai Gow Poker combines elements of the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow and the American game of poker. The game is played with a traditional deck of 52 playing cards, plus one joker. The Joker can be used only to complete any straight or any flush or as an ace. Object of the Game Each player at the table is dealt seven cards, which the player arranges to make two hands; a two-card hand and five-card hand. The five-card hand must always rank higher than the two-card hand. To win the wager, the player’s two-card hand must rank higher than the banker’s two-card hand and the player’s five-card hand must rank higher than the banker’s five-card hand. If the player’s hand wins, the player will be paid even money less a 5% commission. The dealer will collect the commission when the winning wager is paid. Should a player’s hand rank exactly the same as the banker’s hand, this is a tie. Ties are also called copy hands and the banker wins all copy hands. If the player wins one hand but loses the other, this is considered a “push” and no money is won or lost. Rules to Remember Once the player has set their high and low hand and placed them face down on the layout, the player may not touch the cards again. Players are not allowed to show or discuss their cards with other players, while setting their hands. Any player’s hand set incorrectly (e.g. the two-card hand ranks higher than the five-card hand, or the player puts three cards in one hand and four cards in the other) is an automatic loser or “fouled hand”. Players are responsible for arranging their own hand and should do so with care. The house banker must set their cards according to “house ways”. If an error is found, the hand must be reset according to the house way.

Pai Gow Poker History


Pai Gow Poker was invented in 1985 by Sam Torosian, the owner of the Bell Card Club. It is a mix of American Poker and Chinese Pai Gow. Pai Gow has been around for over 1,000.00 years. Pai Gow Poker is a variation of poker in which each player and the dealer are dealt seven cards. Of the seven cards. Five are used to create a high hand, and the remaining two are used in the low hand. To win your bet, a player must beat the dealer in both the low and high hand. This is also true for the house. When only the high or low hand beats the dealer’s hands, the game is considered a push and there is no winner. A prop bet called the fortune bet may be made by the player, and a bonus is paid out for a good hand.

The original Pai Gow game was played with dominoes, not cards. In Pai Gow Poker, a standard deck of 52 cards is used along with one joker. One difference between Pai Gow Poker and other variations of poker is that all the positions at the table are dealt even if there is no player. In some cases, you are allowed to buy one of the unused hands if you are not happy with your own. This is often referred to as a dragon hand.



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