on Pai Gow Poker
Gow Poker is one of the top ten best casino bets because of the low casino
advantage. I suggest in my Casino Gambling Made Easier books and booklets
that intelligent gambling means playing those games and strategies that have a
casino advantage of less than 3%.
rules follow and are offered for novice players seeking to add another casino
game to their playbook.
gow poker is an American derivative played with standard playing cards requiring
that the player set two hands--a high and a second highest--trying to beat the
banker's two hands.
cards in pai gow poker are ranked like standard poker hands; the exception being
that one joker is found in the deck and can be played as an ace or the high card
to finish a straight, flush, straight flush or royal flush. You must win both
hands to win your bet and the house receives a commission on all winning hands.
All players play against the banker, which could be the dealer, or a player
putting up the required funds. Each player receives seven cards and must make
two poker hands, the high hand made up of five cards and the low hand containing
two cards. The highest five-card hand is five aces and the highest two-card hand
is two aces based on poker rankings.
Pai-Gow Poker table has six players' seats and a dealer, similar to a blackjack
table. The player's high hand is displayed closest to the space in front of
them, while the 2nd highest or low two-card hand is placed on top of the high
hand towards the dealer. A chung or marker is set in front of the banker.
is counterclockwise, dealer shuffles and deals seven hands of seven cards face
down, which equals 49 cards, therefore, 4 are left in the deck.
of the first hand is determined by a dice throw from a cup containing three
dice. After all the players receive their seven cards face down, they must form
most important rule to remember when playing is that the rank of the five-card
high hand must be higher than the two-card low hand. Any player's hand that is
set incorrectly will automatically lose. Most casino dealers will assist in this
placement; and dealer sets bank hand according to fixed house rules. Once all
hands are set, the dealer will compare the player's hand rank with banker's hand
for payouts. If one of your hands is higher in rank than the dealer's and the
other is lower, this is a tie (approximately 45% of the time) and your bet
remains on the layout. If the banker bests both of your hands, then you lose
your wager. If both hands are identical (copy), the banker also wins.
win pays even money less a 5% commission paid immediately. Casinos have
different rules as to how many times a player can act as banker. Normally, the
dealer will ask each player in turn if they wish to be the banker and the same
player cannot bank two consecutive hands. There is a player advantage if the
casino allows you to be banker every second or third hand. In casinos, the
banker must have sufficient chips to cover all the other players' wagers. Some
card rooms will offer co-bank at 50/50 with other players.
part of this article, rankings and strategy tips will be presented when next
we meet at the pai-gow table in cyberspace.
Mitchell is author of Casino Gambling Made Easier books, booklets &
strategy cards. Visit her website at http://www.easycasinogambling.com
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