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Pai Gow Poker Game Rules

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Let’s discover some alternate variations of poker other than texas hold’em, five card stud, five card draw and Omaha. Yes, double-hand poker. Now you might be thinking that double-hand sounds a little Chinese; well you’re correct, this game is a mixture of the Chinese game pai gow and poker
Definitely this is not one of the highly acclaimed styles of poker but still widely played. It can be enjoyed by up to 7 players. It is played with one deck of cards, with a joker. Interestingly, the Joker can be used only as an ace, or to finish off a straight, a flush, straight flush, or a royal flush. The critical detail here to bear in mind is apart from the typical ranking of hands we have one more winning hand that is "Five Aces" (4 Aces and the Joker). Surprisingly, 5 aces is greater than all other hand yes, even a royal flush. Each gambler is given seven cards. These cards are aligned to create 2 hands; a two card hand and a 5 card hand. The five card hand must rank higher or be equal to the two card hand.
After setting up the 2 hands, the cards are laid on the table face down. Once down, you cannot switch them. The dealer will flip over his cards and make his hands. Every players hand is compared to the croupier’s hands. Should the player take one hand and loses the other, this is referred to as "push" and no cash is lost or won. If dealer wins the two hands then the player gives up their wager and vice versa. Now if the hand is a tie, the croupier wins everything. Once the hand is played, the very next person clock-wise becomes the dealer and the following hand is given out.

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