How to Play Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker is perhaps one of the simplest gambling games ever developed, so much so that many beginners and first-time gamblers think that they can fully master this game in just a couple of rounds or two. Although this is true for some, Pai Gow Poker professionals advocate that beginners must first know and learn the different rules of the game and the basic mechanics as well if they want to be triumphant in this game. IN the casino room, this game is very noticeable with its characteristic silent atmosphere, for its players tend to be seen concentrating quite hard for the win. Unlike craps that tend to have a lot of noisy players, this game is definitely worth every move; hence, players try to discern every move they make.
The History of Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker is quite similar to Keno in terms of their origin; both games were developed in Asia. The former is referred to as a traditional gambling diversion in many countries across the said continent. The original form of the game is said to involve small bricks specially designed with Chinese inscriptions on them for the game. The appearance of the bricks resemble domino tiles only with more intricate calligraphy. Whilst it was called Pai Gow in the past, the game has definitely evolved thus it is now referred to as Pai Gow Poker. This is because the game has been westernized for many years now. Today, the game is not merely played using the traditional bricks, rather they are played using the usual gambling cards. The reason for this is the confusion the Chinese characters bring to every Western gambler. It can be noted however that despite the obvious change of its contraption, the essence of the game has remained the same.
The Gaming Setup
The game is played in a standard procedure no matter how many players are joining the game. The game commences by the time the players have already placed their wagers on the gambling table. The dealer will then begin to shuffle the cards which will be dealt out in 7 groups of 7 cards each. Another personnel, the banker, is said to roll the dice on cue from the dealer. These three dice will be rolled to find out the player who will be playing first.
After the first player is identified, every player in the table is given sufficient time to strategize, arrange, and create their own pattern for their two-card and five-card hands. Basically, once they have identified their two hands, the two-card hand shall be placed atop the five-card hand. The winners of the round will be chosen by comparing their cards to the cards of the banker. If in case, both the two-card and five-card hands of the player wins over the banker’s he automatically wins the round. If in case, the player only beats one of the two hands. He is said to be in a “push” and there will be no winning or losing party between the said player and the banker. On the other hand, if there is a tie between the two, the banker will be announced the winner in the same way if he beats the two hands of the player.
The players must take note however, that the five-card hand is more important that the two-card hand. Hence, they should make it a habit to put their bigger value cards on the five-card hand as opposed to the two-card hand. If the player has neglected this rule and has placed the bigger value cards in his two-card hand, he is said to lose because of an automatic foul.
Strategies and Gaming Jargons
Back - refers to the five-card hand
Front - refers to the two-card hand
No Pair - simply means that the player has placed the two highest cards in front and another highest value card at the back
One Pair - means the player has placed a pair at the back and two high value cards at the front
Two Big Pair with Either a Jack, Queen, King, or Ace - means that the player has placed the small pair in front
Two Big Pair with 7s through 10s -means the player placed both pairs at the back whilst the ace is placed in front
Two Big Pair with 2s through 6s - means the player has placed both pairs at the back whilst the king is placed in front, which is referred to as a split.
Three Pairs - this means that the player has placed the big pair in front
Three of a Kind Aces - means the player has placed the ace in front with the two highest value cards
Three of a Kind Kings and Below - this is applicable when the player has placed three at the back whilst the highest cards he placed in front
Straight, Flush, or Straight, Flush with No Pair - this means the player has placed the highest cards in front and the rest at the back
Straight, Flush, or Straight Flush with One Pair - the player has placed the highest cards in front regardless it is a pair or not and the rest of the cards are placed at the back
Straight, Flush, or Straight, Flush with two Pairs - the player has used the two pair strategy
Straight, Flush, or Straight, Flush with Three Pairs - the player has placed a pair in front and the remaining cards at the back
Full House - the player has placed three of a kind cards at the back and a pair in front
Four of a Kind with Jacks through Aces - the player has split and placed the pair in front and another at the back
Four of a Kind with 7s and 10s - means the player has placed a four of a kind at the back and placed the ace or the king in front to form a split
Four of a Kind with 6s and or Below - this means the player has placed the highest card apart from the four of a kind in front
Four of a Kind with a Pair - the player has placed a pair in front and the four of a kind cards at the back
Four of a Kind with Three of a Kind - means the player has placed the full house at the back and his highest pair in front