Pai Gow Poker is a game which is played with 53 cards – a standard52-card deckand a singleadditional joker. It needs a table and six players with thedealer. The goal of each player is to defeat the banker. The role of the Banker can belong to both the casino dealer or one of the other players at the table.
Pai Gow poker has many variations of the game and for that reason it is quite popular in online casino today. These variations existed within 2004 and 2009.The first variation of the game was Pai Gow Mania created to allow two side bets instead of one side bet per hand which was traditional before. Another variation was Fortune Pai Gow which one of the most popular among poker games. The final variation developed is Pai Gow progressive. This is the progressive jackpot addition to the pai gow table. This jackpot is combined from $1 side bets which players place during the play.
The main goal of Pai Gow poker is to create two poker hands out of the seven-card hand the player is dealt by the dealer. They are a five-card hand and a two-card hand. Due to the rules, the value of five-card hand must exceed the value of two-card hand, and that is the reason why the two-card hand has a wide list of names like the hand "in front" or "on top" or "hair", or "minor" or the "small" or "low" hand. Naturally, the five-card hand is called as the hand "behind", or "high" or the "bottom" or "big" (because they are placed in front of the player, when he is done setting them).
The five card hand as well as the two card hand is ranked according to standard poker rules. The two card hand meets the standard poker rules, so for it AA combination is the best and 23 one is the worst. Forming their hands the players can’t allow the two card hand be stronger than the five card hand.
What about dealer’s hands they are formed according to the rules set by casino, or “house way.” As soon as all of the hands are formed, player’s hands are compared to the dealer’s ones. In case when both of the player’s hands beat both of the dealer’s hands, the player is a winner. In another case, when both of the player’s hands lose to both of the dealer’s hands, the dealer is a winner. And when, finally, one hand loses and one hand wins, the hand is a push and the player receives the bet back. In Pai Gow Poker, absolute ties go to the dealer though. So when the player has only one winning hand and the other hand ties the dealer hand, both two card hands are KJ, then the player is a loser.
Speaking in general, the task of a player is to set the highest two-card hand that he can. The best two-card hand is that which keeps leaving a higher five-card hand behind. Playing in a casino, if a player has any doubt he always has a right to ask that his hand be set house way. This game, like usual poker is famous among card players. So, if you like playing blackjack online or baccarat, you will enjoy Pai Gow Poker.
Anyway, house strategies must be admitted as quite reasonable which can be quite near the optimal strategy. So, when you decide to play any kind of poker online you may use some elements of it or the whole strategy. It can be quite enough for you to be getting on. In time, you will be able to develop your own strategy and to exploit it for your needs.