How to Play Paigow Poker
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Instructions on How to Play Paigow Poker

Paigow Poker Objective:

Paigow Poker is a combination of the ancient Chinese game 'Paigow' - which is played with tiles - and the American card game Poker.
The objective of Paigow Poker is for both of the player's two hands (denoted the high and low hands) to rank higher than both of the Dealer's two hands. The player receives seven cards and makes two traditional poker hands - one of five cards (the high hand), another of two (the low hand).
The rankings of the two hands are based upon a basic poker ranking. Thus, the highest two-card hand is two aces and the highest five-card hand is Five Aces (4 aces and a Joker). The two hands of the player are compared with those of the Dealer and the payoff determined.
To win, a player needs to win with both the hands, the High Hand and the Low Hand against those of the Dealer's. Also, a player may place a bonus bet of $1 and he will get a payoff on the strength of the seven cards based on the payoff table given below. The bonus payoff is made irrespective of the arrangement of the Player's High and Low Hands and also irrespective of the game result.
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How To Play Pai Gow Poker:

♧ Your chips are stacked in denominations of $1, $5, $10, $25 and $100 at the rim of the table.
♧ Select the amount you want to wager on a given hand by clicking the left mouse button on the chip of that denomination. Likewise, you can decrease the amount wagered by right clicking the mouse on the chip of that denomination. If you want to place a bonus bet, click the circle on the table represented by 'bonus'. This places a bonus wager of $1 on the table and qualifies for the bonus payoff given in the payoff table below.
♧ Once the wager is placed, the player presses the 'Deal' button. The dealer deals the player seven cards face up, and himself seven cards face down. One standard deck of 52 cards plus one joker is used. Joker can be used only as an ace or as a card to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush or a royal flush for any of the hands.
♧ After the player has his seven cards, he must form two hands. The low hand must contain two cards and the high hand five cards. To do this, the player must select the two cards that he wishes to be in the low hand by clicking them. Selected cards will move up out of the line of player's cards on the game screen. To unselect them, the player can click them again.
♧ Once the player has selected the two cards, he clicks the 'Done' button. This will arrange the high cards at the bottom area, and the low cards are moved up in the section named "Second Hand." Also, the Dealer's cards are revealed face up and arranged as a High and Low Hand. The formation of the high and low hands of the Dealer is done using the house way. The Dealer's cards are now compared with the player's cards. The result is displayed at the bottom of the table, and:
♧ If the player's low hand and high hands both beat those of the dealer, the player wins and is paid even money less 5% of his bet deducted as dealer commission (eg, if a player bets $100, and both his hands are greater than the dealer's hands, he will win $95). A message is displayed- 'High Hand Wins, Low hand Wins, Player Wins'.
♧ If the player wins any one of the hands (Low hand or High Hand), but loses the other, the bet is a push and the bet is returned to the player. A message is displayed for the result.
♧ If both the hands of the Player are identical in strength to the Dealer, his bet is a Tie, and the player loses his bet. A message is displayed for the result.
♧ If the high hand set by the player is lower in strength than his low hand, the bet is termed 'Foul' and the player loses his bet.
♧ If the player has placed the $1 bonus bet for the game, he will be paid according to the bonus payout table given below on his bonus bet. On winning a bonus bet, a message appears notifying the player of his Bonus Win.
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Pai Gow Payoff Table:

Place your mouse pointer over the links in the "Hand" column to view the cards.
Hand
Pays

*Fortune Side Bet

Pai Gow poker offers a side bet that pays a bonus based only on the player's hand. These games are often called Fortune Pai Gow. For purposes of the bonus it does not matter how the player arranges his cards and whether or not he beats the dealer. A relatively unique feature of this bet is that if any player gets at least a four of a kind then all other players who placed the side bet get an envy bonus. Some casinos do not offer the side bet as a playing option.

Natural 7 card straight flush (Side Bet)*
8000:1
Royal flush plus royal match (Side Bet)*
2000:1
Wild 7 card straight flush (Side Bet)*
1000:1
Five aces
400:1
Royal flush
150:1
Straight flush
50:1
4 of a kind
25:1
Full house
5:1
Flush
4:1
3 of a kind
3:1
Straight
2:1
Pai Gow Hand
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Bet Limits:

Limits on bets are set by the individual casino that you play at. For instance, StarLuck Casino has two tables to play at and the limits are different at each table.

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