Playing Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker is a variation of the Chinese domino game Pai Gow. Pai Gow Poker is played with a 53-card deck, including one Joker.
Play begins by making a wager. A randomly generated number determines which Player gets the first set of seven cards. Each Player then arranges their seven cards into a five-card hand and a two-card hand. The five-card hand (called the “high hand”) is ranked as in Poker. The exception to the standard Poker rankings is that A-2-3-4-5 is considered the second highest Straight. The two-card hand (called the “low hand”) is scored by pairs beating singletons, then by the individual ranks. The highest two-card hand is A-A and the lowest is 3-2.
After each Player has “set” their hand, the Dealer arranges their hand according to a set of fixed rules known as the “house way”. First, the Player’s low hand is compared to the Dealer’s two-card hand. Then the Player’s high hand is compared to the Dealer’s five-card hand. In the event of an exact match between hands, called a “copy”, the tie goes to the Dealer. If the Player beats both hands then the Player wins even money on their wager, less a 5% commission. If the Player wins only one and loses one, the bet is a tie called a “push”. If the Player is beaten on both hands, the Player loses their entire wager.
When setting the “low hand”, the two-card hand may not be higher than the five-card hand. If it is, then both hands are deemed “foul” and both lose. The Joker can only be used to complete a Straight, Flush, or Straight Flush. Otherwise, the Joker is treated like an Ace.
Rules of Play
- Players are responsible for setting their own Pai Gow Poker hands.
- Players may use two hands to touch the cards.
- Players must keep their cards over the layout and in full view of the Dealer and surveillance at all times.
- All primary Pai Gow Poker wagers pay 1-1 (even money), less the house commission. (Odds may vary with TGO approved promotions).
- All Pai Gow Poker Bonus wagers will pay according to posted signage.
- Dealers will set their Pai Gow Poker hand according to established House Rules.
- Only English will be spoken while hands are in play.
- No discussion or showing of hands will be allowed while hands are in play.
- Players may assist other Players in the setting of a hand once the Player assisting has set and finished with their hand.
- Dealers may assist a Player in setting their hand according to the House Rules.
- Any hand set as a Foul Hand will result in a loss of the primary Pai Gow Poker wager; Bonus wagers will not be affected.
- Players may play two consecutive spots at twice the table minimum per hand.
- Players may play three consecutive spots at the table maximum per hand.
- Players playing multiple hands must play and set each hand individually starting with the hand with the highest wager.
- If a Player is playing multiple hands the Pit Supervisor/Manager may decide that the Player may have to give up playing their additional hands.
- All bets are final after the first card has been dealt.
- Players who choose not to play must give up their seat.
- Management may request valid identification from Players.
- If a Player refuses to identify him/herself, Management reserves the right to terminate their play.
- Management reserves the right to terminate a guests’ play at Managements’ discretion.
- The Pit Supervisor/Manager will correct any dealing errors occurring on the game.
- No “Foreign” chips, tokens, currency, coin, coupons or any other forms of monetary exchange not issued by the Gila River Gaming Enterprises or the United States Federal Government will be accepted for exchange or play.
- Summaries of the rules relevant to the method of play and odds paid to winning wagers shall be available to all Players in the Blackjack Area.
- Side betting of any type is not allowed.