Played in land-based and online casinos, PaiGow poker is one of the most entertaining games at the real money tables. Poker enthusiasts play it from all over the world and it also requires a lot of skill guts. This makes
it very exciting for both beginners and champion players.PaiGow poker traces it to an ancient Chinese domino game played with 32 pieces. This classic domino game was later incorporated into poker, and it has slowly become one of the most beloved poker games. The game is easy to play, but you need to learn some basic principles to win. PaiGow Poker is played using a standard 52 card game and a joker card. The players play against the dealer and they each receive seven cards face up. Although everyone can see your cards, the dealer’s cards are face down.
Your job is to use the card to create two hands, one with 2 cards and the other with five. You must make sure that the 5-card hand is higher than the other.The dealer then turns over his cards once you have made your decision, and arranges them before comparing with yours. If you hit the dealer in both hands, you win the money minus the casino commission, and if he hits you in both, you lose. The game is a push if you only hit him with one hand and your bet is returned.When playing PaiGow poker, all hand ranking rules apply to a standard poker. However, there is a slight twist to the game to make it interesting.
Here’s a rundown of all the basic rules you learn:
The wheel (5-4-3-2-A) is the second best straight in this game and the lowest straight in standard poker.
Your two-card hand must be a high card or a pair.
The Joker card is considered an ace and can complete a Flush, Straight, Royal Flush or Straight Flush.
Playing Pai Gow poker is really easy, but spitting out your cards is where you need a viable strategy. Like any other poker game, the casino has the edge over the players, which is why you need an optimal approach to
reduce the risk of losing as much as possible significantly. You can separate the cards in 20 different ways and increase your chances of winning.
Here are the three best strategies worth trying:
Four of a Kind – Maintain a flush or straight and play your highest card in your low.
A pair and three alike – If possible, hold a flash or straight and place the pair in your low hand. If not, place three of a kind in the high hand.
Three Pairs – Play your highest pair in the 2-card hand and hold a Flush / Straight.