OBJECT OF THE GAME:
To win your bet by having both of your hands rank higher than both of the designated Player/Banker. Hands are played and ranked as traditional poker hands.
Pai Gow Poker is played with a total of 53 cards consisting of 52 cards and the Joker. The Joker may be used as a Wild Card to complete any pair, straight or flush.
HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED:
The card game is dealt on a poker-style table to seven (7) players. A House Supervisor (Casino Employee Dealer) controls the shuffling and dealing of the cards, controls the orderliness of the game and takes collections on each wager. The Casino and its employees do not participate in the play of the hand nor do they have any interest in the outcome of the play.
One of the seven (7) players becomes the designated Player/Dealer. The remaining players will each play their hands against the Player/Dealer’s hand. The Player/Dealer is the only opponent. The Player/Dealer is determined in a new game by starting at seat #1, continuing clockwise. Each player in turn has the opportunity to become the Player/Dealer: As the Player/Dealer, you have the option to be the Player/Dealer for two consecutive hands. You may play one hand and pass the Dealer/Player option, or you may pass the option completely. For each hand that you accept the Player/Dealer button, you must wager at least the minimum bet requirement of that table (with no maximum wager). The Player/Dealer position cannot remain with one player for more than 2 consecutive hands. An intervening player must accept the option before it can be returned to any player.
Once the Player/Dealer has been established, the House Supervisor shuffles the cards. The House Supervisor will cut and complete the deal of seven (7) piles of seven (7) cards face down in front of him.
The designated Player/Dealer selects one of the (7) piles. An “action” button is placed on the selected pile. This pile will be the first hand to receive action from the Player/Dealer, continuing clockwise.
Wagers are placed in the small numbered circles. The amount you wager may not be altered once the play of the hand begins. As a player, you must bet within the table limit.
At this time, a collection is taken for each wager before every hand begins. A dice cup containing three (3) dice is given to the Player/Dealer to shake. The sum of the dice determines where to place the first pile or “action” hand. Each position is counted whether it has a wager on it or not, starting with the Player/Dealer as 1, 8 or 15.
THE OPENING OF THE DICE CUP(revealing the total of the dice):
Signifies the beginning of the hand. The House Supervisor will announce “no more bets”. Once the dice are revealed, the hand has begun all bets are final and you may not touch your wager until the hand is completely over.
The House Supervisor distributes the hands beginning with the “action hand”. The Player/Dealer button is placed on the Player/Dealer’s cards, which will be opened only after all players have “set” their hands.
The players set their hands by making a two (2) card hand and a five (5) card hand. The five (5) card hand must rank higher than the two (2) card hand. They will then lay both hands face down, distinctly separate, next to their wager. When the House Supervisor sees that all player’s cards are down, he will announce “all hands are set”, at which time the players may not touch their cards for the remainder of the hand.
The House Supervisor will then reveal the Player/Dealer’s cards and arrange the two hands the way the Player/Dealer wants them to be set.
The House Supervisor will get a confirmation from the Player/Dealer, then proceed to open the action hand. The hands are compared in turn to the Player//Dealer’s hand.
In order for the player to win: both the two (2) and five (5) card hands of the player must rank higher than both hands of the Player/Dealer. If only one of the hands ranks higher, it is a “push” and neither side wins. If one hand is identical in rank to the Player/Dealer’s hand, that is a “copy” and the Player/Dealer wins all “copy hands”. If both cards rank lower than both of the Player/Dealer’s hands, the player loses to the Player/Dealer.
When all hands are declared wins or losses, the Player/Dealer can only receive action on the amount he wagered, i.e., if the Player/Dealer wagers $100.00 and loses $50.00 to the action hand and wins $50.00 from the next hand, he cannot win or lose any more money. No other wagers, win or lose, can be paid.
Any wager that had no opportunity to receive action will get a “free collection” button to pay the collection on his next wager. This button must be used on the very next hand by the same player.
When all transactions are complete, then the hand is over. The House Supervisor shuffles and starts the procedure again by determining the Player/Dealer.
Each player’s position has circles numbered 1, 2, and 3. The number 1 refers to a player who is occupying the seat and handling the cards for that specific position. Numbers 2 and 3 are areas that another player may wager on. If there is a dispute on how the hand should be played, the person making the largest wager shall have the final say. All wagers in number 2 or 3 locations will pay equal collections on each wager before each hand is played.