Poker is played and programmed according to Atlantic City Poker rules.
Authority: New Jersey Casino Control Commission.
Rule Exceptions: none.
The objective of
Pai-Gow Poker is for both of the player's two
hands (denoted the high and low hands) to rank higher than both of the
banker's two hands. The player receives seven cards and makes two
traditional poker hands - one of five cards (the high hand), another of
two (the low hand). The rankings of the two hands are based upon a
basic poker ranking. Thus, the highest two-card hand is two aces and
the highest five-card hand is five aces (four aces + the joker).
How to Play:
The player begins by
placing a wager on the Pai-Gow table. To
do this, click on the chips at the bottom center of the game screen.
The wager amount can be increased by left-clicking on the chips at the
bottom center of the game screen. The wager amount is decreased by
right-clicking on the chips.
Once the wager is
placed, you need to click on the "Deal"
button. The dealer deals seven cards to you face up and seven cards to
himself face down. One standard deck of 52 cards plus one joker is
The joker is not wild but can be used only as an ace or as a
card to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush or a royal
After you have received your seven cards, you must form two
hands. The low hand must contain two cards and the high hand five
cards. To do this, you must select the two cards that you wish to be in
the low hand by left-clicking on them. Cards may be unselected by
clicking them again. Selected cards will shift up out of the line of
your cards on the game screen.
When forming hands,
the rank of the five-card high hand must be
higher than the rank of the two-card low hand. If this is not true a
messagebox will be displayed asking you to re-split your hand. Once you
have set both hands, clicking on the "Done" button will end the hand.
The dealer will split his cards according to fixed house rules and will
then compare your hand rank with his own. To win the wager, your low
and high hand must both rank higher than the dealer's low and high
hand, respectively. If one of your hands is higher in rank than the
dealer's and the other is lower or equal, this is a tie and your wager
is returned. Otherwise, your player's wager is lost. If both hands are
identical, the dealer also wins.
The hand rankings are as follows (from highest to lowest):
aces + Joker
A, A, A, Joker
K, Q, J, 10 (all same suit)
Q, J, 10, 9 (all same suit) to A, 2, 3, 4, 5 (all same suit)
of a Kind
four of the same number or face cards
of a Kind] + [any pair]
combination of cards but all same suit
K, Q, J, 10 to A, 2, 3, 4, 5
of a Kind
three of the same number or face cards
Pair + One Pair
two of same number or face cards
of the hands listed above. Your highest card, ranked from highest to
lowest as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2
When comparing two
high hands or two low hands which are of
identical poker and hand rank, the hand which contains the highest
ranking card shall be considered the higher ranking hand. If the two
hands are of identical rank after this comparison, the hands are
considered a copy hand and the dealer wins.
Every time a player
wins a hand he/she is paid even money less
a 5% commission. No commission is collected on losing hands or ties.
Thus, a $10 winning wager will return $19.50 (player's $10 wager plus
$10 in winnings minus the $0.50 commission). Please note that the
amount of commission is rounded up to the nearest $0.25.
$5 minimum bet.
$300 maximum bet.
Setting your table bet
You may also set your
table bet limit below the maximum
specified limit by selecting "Bet Options" from the "Game Menu". The
"Modify Table Bet Limit" window will appear on the screen. To reduce
your maximum table bet limit type in the new limit in the appropriate
box and confirm it by typing your PIN in the box below. Click on the OK
button to complete the update. Please be aware that you can modify your
table bet limit no more than once per week (Friday 12:00 AM EST) and
that using the "Modify Table Bet Limit" function affects the bet limit
for all games and not just the game that you are currently playing.
Numeric Keyboard Shortcuts:
Status of the Cards
(from left to right using numbers above alphabetic keyboard)
bet by $1
bet by $1
+ Up Arrow"
bet by $10
+ Down Arrow"
bet by $10
To activate numeric
keyboard shortcuts use the keypad to the right of
the keyboard except to toggle cards 1 - 7 in which case the numbers
above the alphabetic keyboard. For keyboards without keypads, you must
use the "Fn" key plus the shortcuts above (e.g. + Enter). ). Please
note that these keyboard shortcuts are offered as a
suggestion only. Some computers behave differently than others and
therefore we cannot guarantee that the shortcuts will apply to all
You may turn on/off
the Sound, Voice and Animation during the game by
clicking on the "Options" button located in the lower left-hand area of
the console. The setting is turned on when the checkbox is checked and
it is turned off when the checkbox is unchecked. You must exit and
re-enter the game to activate the Animation feature.
information on Pai-Gow poker, please consult the following references:
Tamburin, Henry. Reference Guide to Casino Gambling, Research
Services Unlimited, 1993.
Wong, Stanford. Optimal Strategy for Pai Gow Poker, Pi Yee
Rules by Inter Casino