Asia Poker is based on the ancient Chinese game called “13” and combines Poker with Pai Gow Poker. The game is played with a traditional deck of 52 cards plus one Joker. The Joker can be used as an Ace, or as any card to complete a Straight, Flush, Straight Flush or Royal Flush. Hand rankings from highest to lowest are: Four Aces; Royal Flush; Straight Flush (the highest ranking is Ace, 2, 3, 4 of the same suit and second highest is K, Q, J, 10 of the same suit), Four of a Kind, Flush, Straight (the highest ranking is A, K, Q, J; second highest is A, 2, 3 4 and the lowest is 5, 4, 3, 2), Three of a Kind, Two Pairs, Pair and No Pair.
After players have made a wager, a dice cup with three dice is shaken by the dealer to determine who receives the first card. Seven cards are dealt to each player and the dealer, which are arranged to make three hands- a one card hand (low), a two card hand (medium) and a four card hand (high). Each player shall set their hands and place them in the designated spot on the layout. The dealer will then set their hand according to the House Ways. A player will win if any two of their three hands are higher in rank than any of the dealer’s corresponding three hands. When any of the player’s three hands is identical in rank to the corresponding hand of the dealer, this is a tie (copy hand). Copy hands go to the dealer. So if a player outranks the dealer on the low hand, ties on the medium hand and the dealer outranks the player on the high hand, the player will lose their wager.
Each player at the table is responsible for setting their own hand and no other person except the dealer may touch their cards. Each player is required to keep their cards over the table and in full view of the dealer at all times. Once a player has set their cards face down on the appropriate area of the layout, they cannot touch the cards again. If a player requests assistance in setting their hand, the dealer will set the hand according to Rivers Casino Philadelphia’s House Ways.
All winning wagers are paid at odds of 1 to 1. There is no commission charged on winning wagers.