Pai Gow Poker Game Rules

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Let us become versed in some alternate styles of poker other than Texas holdem, five card stud, five card draw and omaha/8. Yes, pai gow poker. Now you must be wondering that pai gow sounds a little Chinese; yes you are correct, this card game is a mixture of the Chinese game pai gow and our own American poker
Clearly this is not one of the most popular forms of poker but still broadly played. It can be played by up to seven players. It is played with one deck of 52 cards, including a joker. Interestingly, joker can be used only as an ace, or to finish off a straight, flush, a straight flush, or a royal flush. The essential element here to always remember is apart from the customary ranking of hands we have one more winning hand that is "Five Aces" (5 aces including the joker). Surprisingly, five aces defeats all other hand including royal flush. Every gambler is dealt seven cards. The cards are arranged to create two hands; a two card hand and a five card hand. The 5 card hand has to be stronger or be equal to the 2 card hand.
After setting up the 2 hands, the cards are placed on the poker table with the faces down. Once on the table, you can’t touch them. The croupier will turn over their cards and make their hands. Every competitors hand is compared to the croupier’s hands. Should the player take 1 hand and lose the other, this is called a "push" and absolutely no money is exchanged. If dealer wins both hands then the individual gives up their wager and vice versa. Now if the hand is a tie, the dealer wins all. After the hand is competed, the very next player clock-wise becomes the croupier and the next hand is given out.

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