Posted on Saturday, 17th January 2009 by AndrewZ

In collaboration of an ancient Chinese game and American poker, Pai-Gow Poker was born. This game has slowly grown on me and prefer to play it in the Cocoa Casino.

The traditional game Pai-Gow is played with tiles similar to domino’s. An American version of this game was introduced using playing cards and the ranking of hands were based off poker hands.

This game is played as a table game on a table similar to blackjack. A player can only play one position at a time.

The wagers are $1.00 to $300.00. The player places the bets in the numbered circle. The number represents their place in the deal.

Once the player has placed their bets, they press deal. The dealer and the player both receive seven cards.

The player must spilt their cards into two hands, a 5-card high hand and a 2-card low hand. High is represents the highest hand on the board, while the low hand is the 2nd highest hand.

The player can choose the house way button. The house way button is the casinos best recommendation for the player to split to split their cards.

The object is to beat the dealer’s hands. If the player wins both hands they win even money, less a 5% commission.

When the hands are spilt, one winning hand for the player and one for the dealer, the players bet is returned. No commission is collected for ties or losing hands.

There are jokers in play. The joker is not a wild card. It can only be used to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush, and is otherwise treated as ace.

I must admit when I started playing this game it left me baffled. I continued playing and it seems to be coming more natural. Figuring out the right two cards to split is key.

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