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How to Deal Pai-Gow Poker
Poker Hand Rankings
Poker Hand Rankings List
5 of a Kind
5 of a Kind
           As we go through this list, you’ll probably notice a few differences between Pai-Gow Poker and normal Poker rankings. The first being the 5 of a Kind, because you’d never see that at a normal poker table. Since Pai-Gow Poker uses a Joker Card, there is a small chance that the player will get four Aces and a Joker. And that is the first hand ranking we’ll add to our list.

           This is the list of which hands beat what. 5 of a Kind is at the top, which means that it will beat all of these other hands.
Royal Flush
Royal Flush
           Next on the list, is the Royal Flush. A lot of people will recognize this because it is the highest ranking hand in Poker. A Royal Flush is an Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten, all of the same suit.

           The only hand that can beat a Royal Flush is the 5 of a Kind; otherwise the Royal Flush beats all other rankings.
Straight Flush
Straight Flush
           A Royal Flush is considered the highest ranking Straight Flush and that’s the next ranking on our list. A Straight Flush will lose against a Royal Flush and higher but will win against a Four of a Kind or lower. A Straight Flush is when all five cards are in sequence and also have the same suit. For example, a 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 of hearts.
4 of a Kind
4 of a Kind
           A Four of a Kind is next on the list and this ranking consists of four cards of equal value. For example, a 9 of hearts, a 9 of diamonds, a 9 of clubs and a 9 of spades. The Four of a Kind will lose to a Straight Flush or higher, but it will win against a Full House or lower.
Full House
Full House
           If you want the poker ranking for a Full House, then combine a three of a kind and a pair together. For example, a Full House would be a 7 of hearts, a 7 of diamonds and a 7 of spades along with a 9 of spades and a 9 of hearts. A Full House will lose against a Straight Flush or higher but it will win against a Flush or lower.
Flush
Flush
           A Flush is next and this hand consists of 5 cards, all with the same suit, but in random order. For example, all diamonds… or all spades. A Flush will lose against a Full House or higher but will win against a Straight or lower.
Straight
Straight
           A Straight is when all of the cards are in sequence but they have different suits. For example, a 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. A Straight will lose against a Flush or higher but will win against a 3 of a Kind or lower. Here is another difference between Pai-Gow Poker and normal Poker. See, normally in Poker, the second highest straight is a King, Queen, Jack, ten and nine, but in Pai-Gow Poker, the second highest straight is an Ace, 2, 3, 4 and 5.
3 of a Kind
3 of a Kind
           Next on the list is a Three of a Kind, and this is when you have 3 cards of equal value. For example, if you had three Jacks, or three 7’s. A Three of a Kind will lose against a Straight or higher and will win against a Two Pair or lower.
Two Pair
Two Pair
Pair
Pair
           Two Pair is just how it sounds, you have two pairs. A Pair are two cards of the same value. For example, a pair of 5’s and if you added a pair of 8’s then you’d have two pair. Two Pair will lose against a Three of a Kind or higher and it will win against a pair or lower. A Pair will lose against Two Pair or higher and it will win against high card.
High Card
High Card
           High Card is any hand with no rank or value. So when referring to a High Card Hand, say the highest ranked card first, followed by the word “High”. For example, a Queen, 10, 9, 7, 5, 3, 2 all in a different suits would be a Queen-High Pai-Gow. Pai-Gow is just another way to describe a none ranking hand.
Take and pay procedure
           When the Dealer completes the Take-and-Pay procedure, they will always pay the primary Pai-Gow Poker bet first, followed by the Fortune Bonus. Then they’ll pay any Envy Bonuses that might qualify before going to the Dragon Hand. All winning wagers are paid even money minus a 5% commission.

When all of the players hands are done, the lost bets will be locked up in the rack The lost bets are placed in a designated area on the table            The procedure for a lost bet depends on what casino you work at, so make sure you know your house rules. Some houses will want you to place the lost bet in the rack, while other houses will want you to place it on a designated area on the center of the table and then place it in the rack after all of the lost bets have been taken. This is for security purposes as well as in case there is a dispute, then the dealer will know exactly which bet belongs to what player.

           One of the rules that carried over from poker is that the player has the option to fold their hand. If the player wishes to surrender their hand, either before or after the dealer has revealed their cards, the player will either push their cards under the bet and towards the dealer or they will throw their cards towards the dealer. Player folds cards by sliding them under their bet Player folds cards by tossing cards to dealer When seeing this, the first thing the dealer will do is collect the player’s bet and lock it up in the rack. Then the dealer will spread the cards face down, verifying that there are seven there before placing them in the discard rack.

           Because each casino is different, you might have side bets and bonus bets on your layout that looks different from this one. Don’t worry; just make sure you get a copy of your house rules so you won’t be confused with the Take-and-Pay procedure when you’re on a live game, and if you have any questions you can always ask your floorman.

           Also, different casinos follow different procedures when it comes to the Take-and-Pay Procedure, but these are the two methods that are normally followed.

           The first method is a “Pay-As-You-Go” system, which is pretty straight forward. The dealer will start from the right hand side and going left, take or pay the wager depending on the player’s cards. As soon as the wager and commission are taken care of the dealer will place the player’s cards into the discard rack and proceed to the next hand.

           The second method is a bit more involved since the dealer’s actions are going to depend on whether the player wins, loses or pushes. The dealer will start from the right hand side and go left. If the player loses, the wager will be taken and the cards will be put in the discard rack. If the player pushes, the dealer will pat the table, indicating to the cameras that it’s a push, and then place the cards in the discard rack. And if the player wins, the bet will be left alone and the cards will be left facing up until all of the other hands have been determined. Players cards are sloppy and are spread into the other players cards Make sure the cards are spread far enough apart the cameras can see them Keep in mind that if you have a full table of winners, the cards will need to be spread far enough that the cameras can see them but not far enough that they get mixed up with their neighbor’s cards. Don’t be sloppy! You don’t want to piss off a player by giving him his neighbor’s crappy cards.

           When everyone’s hand is resolved, the dealer will start from the right hand side and go left when paying the player’s wager, minus the 5% commission. Make sure to put the cards in the discard rack after each individual bet has been paid.
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