Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker is a seven-card poker game, which has a five-card hand and a two-card hand. A Joker is utilized in this game and is Wild, meaning it can either complete a straight or above, or may act as an ace. Each player will receive seven cards and from them will set a five-card hand and a two-card hand according to poker rankings. The five-card hand must be equal to or higher than the two-card hand. Each player will make a Pai Gow Poker wager before the cards are dealt. Once all bets are made, the dealer will deliver seven cards to each spot of the game, including unplayed spots. Wagers must be made in increments of $5.
The Ranking of the hands are the following:
- 5 Aces: a hand consisting of four aces and the Joker.
- Royal Flush: a hand consisting of an ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 of the same suit.
- Straight Flush: a hand consisting of five cards of the same suit in consecutive ranking, with ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 being the highest straight flush; King, Queen, Jack, 10 and 9 being the second highest ranking straight flush.
- 4-of-a-Kind: a hand consisting of four cards of the same rank regardless of suit, with four aces being the highest rank, and four 2s being the lowest ranking.
- Full House: a hand consisting of a 3-of-a-Kind and Pair, with three aces and two Kings being the highest ranking Full House and three 2s and two 3s being the lowest ranking Full House.
- Flush: a hand consisting of five cards of the same suit, regardless of rank.
- Straight: a hand consisting of five cards of consecutive rank, regardless of suit, with an ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 being the highest ranking Straight; an ace, 2, 3, 4, 5 being the second highest ranking Straight; and a 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 being the lowest ranking Straight.
- 3-of-a-Kind: a hand consisting of three cards of the same rank regardless of the suit, with three aces being the highest ranking and three 2s being the lowest ranking.
- 2 Pair: a hand consisting of two pairs of the same ranking, regardless of suit, with two aces and two Kings being the highest, and two 3s and two 2s being the lowest.
- Pair: either hand consisting of two cards of the same rank, regardless of suit, with two aces being the highest, and two 2s being the lowest.
Fortune Pai Gow Poker has an optional Fortune Bonus wager that considers the best hand possible among your seven cards. You may bet any amount within table limits which then qualify you for Envy Bonus payouts. You win the Envy Bonus when someone else at the table receives a qualifying hand of Pai Gow Poker of Four-of-a Kind or higher from their seven card hand.
How to Play:
To begin each round, make a standard Pai Gow wager and the Fortune Bonus wager. if you place a wager on the Fortune Bonus, the dealer will place an “Envy” button next to your bet. The dealer then follows house procedures for Pai Gow Poker. While reconciling the standard Pai Gow wagers, the dealer also reconciles Fortune Bonus bets. If your hand qualifies for payouts, the dealer pays you according to the posted pay table. If your hand does not qualify, the dealer takes your Fortune wager.
If both the five-card hand and the two-card hand rank higher than the dealer’s, the player wins even money less a 5% commission that is collected when the winning wager is paid. (The dealer will round off the commission to .25 cents or the next highest multiple of .25 cents).
If either of the player’s hands rank higher than the dealer’s corresponding hand, but not both, the hand is Push, meaning the bet neither wins nor loses. (no commission will be charged on pushes).
If one hand ranks exactly the same as the dealer hand, this is a copy hand. The dealer or banker wins all copy hands.
Any player can act as the banker as long as they are able to cover all wagers on the layout at that time and have placed a wager against the dealer the last time the dealer was the bank.
An aggregate limit of $50,000 maximum payout applies. The aggregate limit does not apply to Envy Bonus.