Pai Gow Poker Established Rules

Let us discover some alternate variations of poker other than texas hold’em, 7 card stud, five card draw and omaha hi-low. Yes, double-hand poker. Now you might be thinking that pai gow sounds a bit Chinese; well you are correct, this card game is a mixture of the Chinese game pai gow and poker
Certainly this isn’t one of the most popular types of poker but still widely played. It can be enjoyed by up to seven players. It is played with 1 deck of cards, with a joker. Interestingly, joker can be used only as an ace, or to finish off a straight, flush, straight flush, or a royal flush. The essential thing here to always remember is other than the usual ranking of hands we have one more winning hand which is "Five Aces" (4 Aces and the Joker). Astonishingly, 5 aces defeats all other hand yes, even a royal flush. Each gambler is given 7 cards. The cards are aligned to create 2 hands; a two card hand and a five card hand. The 5 card hand must be better or be equal to the 2 card hand.
After setting up the two hands, the cards are positioned on the table face down. Once on the table, you are no longer allowed to switch them. The dealer will turn over their cards and arrange his hands. Each players hand is played against the dealer’s hands. Should the player wins one hand and lose the other, this is called a "push" and no money is exchanged. If dealer wins both hands then the gambler looses their wager the opposite is true if the player wins both hands. Now if the hand is a draw, the croupier wins all. After the hand is played, the next player clock-wise gets to be the croupier and the following hand is given out.

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