♣ Paigow Poker Objective:
Paigow Poker is a combination of the ancient Chinese game 'Paigow' - which is
played with tiles - and the American card game Poker.
The objective of Paigow Poker is for both of the player's two hands (denoted the
high and low hands) to rank higher than both of the Dealer's two hands. The player
receives seven cards and makes two traditional poker hands - one of five cards
(the high hand), another of two (the low hand).
The rankings of the two hands are based upon a basic poker ranking. Thus, the
highest two-card hand is two aces and the highest five-card hand is Five Aces
(4 aces and a Joker). The two hands of the player are compared with those of the
Dealer and the payoff determined.
To win, a player needs to win with both the hands, the High Hand and the Low Hand
against those of the Dealer's. Also, a player may place a bonus bet of $1 and
he will get a payoff on the strength of the seven cards based on the payoff table
given below. The bonus payoff is made irrespective of the arrangement of the Player's
High and Low Hands and also irrespective of the game result.
♣ How To Play Pai Gow Poker:
Your chips are stacked in denominations of
$1, $5, $10, $25 and $100 at the rim of the table.
Select the amount you want to wager on a given
hand by clicking the left mouse button on the chip of that denomination. Likewise,
you can decrease the amount wagered by right clicking the mouse on the chip of
that denomination. If you want to place a bonus bet, click the circle on the table
represented by 'bonus'. This places a bonus wager of $1 on the table and qualifies
for the bonus payoff given in the payoff table below.
Once the wager is placed, the player presses
the 'Deal' button. The dealer deals the player seven cards face up, and himself
seven cards face down. One standard deck of 52 cards plus one joker is used. Joker
can be used only as an ace or as a card to complete a straight, a flush, a straight
flush or a royal flush for any of the hands.
After the player has his seven cards, he must
form two hands. The low hand must contain two cards and the high hand five cards.
To do this, the player must select the two cards that he wishes to be in the low
hand by clicking them. Selected cards will move up out of the line of player's
cards on the game screen. To unselect them, the player can click them again.
Once the player has selected the two cards,
he clicks the 'Done' button. This will arrange the high cards at the bottom area,
and the low cards are moved up in the section named "Second Hand." Also,
the Dealer's cards are revealed face up and arranged as a High and Low Hand. The
formation of the high and low hands of the Dealer is done using the house way.
The Dealer's cards are now compared with the player's cards. The result is displayed
at the bottom of the table, and:
If the player's low hand and high hands both
beat those of the dealer, the player wins and is paid even money less 5% of his
bet deducted as dealer commission (eg, if a player bets $100, and both his hands
are greater than the dealer's hands, he will win $95). A message is displayed-
'High Hand Wins, Low hand Wins, Player Wins'.
If the player wins any one of the hands (Low
hand or High Hand), but loses the other, the bet is a push and the bet is returned
to the player. A message is displayed for the result.
If both the hands of the Player are identical
in strength to the Dealer, his bet is a Tie, and the player loses his bet. A message
is displayed for the result.
If the high hand set by the player is lower
in strength than his low hand, the bet is termed 'Foul' and the player loses his
If the player has placed the $1 bonus bet
for the game, he will be paid according to the bonus payout table given below
on his bonus bet. On winning a bonus bet, a message appears notifying the player
of his Bonus Win.
♣ Pai Gow Payoff Table:
Place your mouse pointer over the links in the "Hand
to view the cards.