Pai Gow poker is an exciting combination of regular poker and the game of Pai Gow. A regular deck of playing cards is used, including a Joker. Players make regular poker hands (Pairs, Straights, Flushes, Full Houses, etc.). From the game of Pai Gow comes the concept of two hands (a high hand and a low hand) as well as a 5% commission paid to the house. In this game, the Joker is not a wild card, but may be used as an Ace or to complete a Straight, Flush, Royal Flush or Straight Flush. In this game, the 2nd highest Straight or Straight Flush is 5, 4, 3, 2 and Ace (only after Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10). The lowest possible Straight or Straight Flush is 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2.


Each player is dealt seven cards of which the player creates two hands, a two-card hand (top hand) and a five-card hand (bottom hand). The rankings in each of the hands are that of regular poker, the highest ranking two-card hand being a pair of Aces, and the highest ranking five-card hand being five Aces (using the Joker as a fifth Ace).

The five-card hand (bottom hand) must be of higher rank than the two-card hand (top hand). The object of the game is for both of the player’s hands to be of higher rank than both of the dealer’s hands. If the player wins one hand and the dealer wins the other, the bet is considered a push or tie. If both of the dealer’s hands are equal to or higher than those of the player, the bet shall lose. Winning hands are paid even money and a commission of 5% is collected immediately.


In addition to the game of Pai Gow, this optional side bet wins when a qualifying five-card poker hand of a Straight or better is created using all seven cards dealt to the player. When any player at the table achieves a five-card hand of Four of a Kind or better, the other players that have placed a bonus wager of $5 or more qualify to receive the “Envy Bonus” payout from the bonus pay table.

SITUATION                            ENVY                     BONUS
7-Card Straight Flush
without a Joker                     5,000 to 1                   $1000
Royal Flush
Plus Royal Match                 1,000 to 1                    $250
7-Card Straight Flush
with a Joker                             750 to 1                    $100
Five Aces                                 250 to 1                    $50
Royal Flush                              100 to 1                    $25
Straight Flush                             50 to 1                    $10
Four of a Kind                             20 to 1                    $5
Full House                                    5 to 1
Flush                                             4 to 1
Three of a Kind                             3 to 1
Straight                                         2 to 1
3 Pair                                             Push

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