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Pai Gow Poker Rules

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Let us become versed in some different variations of poker other than hold’em, five card stud, five card draw and omaha/8. Yes, pai gow poker. Now you must be thinking that pai gow sounds a little Chinese; well you’re right, this card game is a mixture of the Chinese game pai gow and our very own us poker
Certainly this isn’t one of the most popular varieties of poker but still broadly played. It can be enjoyed by up to 7 players. It’s played with one deck of 52 cards, with a joker. Interestingly, the Joker can be used only as an ace, or to finish off a straight, flush, a straight flush, or royal flush. The critical aspect here to bear in mind is aside from the typical ranking of hands we have an additional winning hand which is "Five Aces" (five aces including the joker). Astonishingly, 5 aces is greater than all other hand yes, even a royal flush. Every gambler is given 7 cards. These cards are aligned to make 2 hands; a 2 card hand and a 5 card hand. The 5 card hand must rank higher or be equivalent to the 2 card hand.
After setting up the 2 hands, the cards are laid on the table with the faces down. Once on the table, you can no longer touch them. The dealer will flip over their cards and assemble their hands. Each players hand is compared to the croupier’s hands. Should the player take one hand and lose the other, this is known as "push" and absolutely no money is exchanged. If croupier wins the two hands then the gambler looses their bet and vice versa. Now if there is a tie, the dealer wins all. After the hand is competed, the next player clock-wise gets to be the croupier and the next hand is given out.

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