How to Deal Pai-Gow Poker
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Table of Contents
Poker Hand Rankings
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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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
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 is just how it sounds, you have two pairs. For example, if you have a pair of 5’s and 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 are two cards of the same value. A Pair will lose against Two Pair or higher and it will win against 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.