7 Cards, 2 Hands, Big Bucks
Pai Gow is a relaxing, strategic poker game. Common Pai Gow Poker games charge 5% commission on winning wagers. With EZ Pai Gow Poker there is no commission charge, however, if the dealer’s hand is a Queen High Pai Gow, all the Pai Gow wagers on the table are considered a push.
How to Play Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker is a seven-card game between the player and the dealer. The dealer gives each player seven cards and from those seven cards, the player then creates two hands to play. One of the two hands will have five cards and the other, only two. The five-card hand must be a higher value than the two-card hand. The dealer also creates a pair of five- and two-card hands, but has to follow a set house strategy.
Once the player’s and dealer’s hands are decided and locked down, the cards are laid out and compared. For the player to win, he or she must win both hands. Consequently, to lose, he or she must lose both hands. If the player wins one hand and the dealer wins the other, the game is a draw. Due to those rules, players are able to play many hands because it's very common to get a draw.
Pai Gow Poker is played with one joker card in the deck. The joker card can be used as an ace, or it can be used to complete a straight or a flush.
EZ Pai Gow Poker offers some interesting side wagers that can make the game more exciting:
- Players can make an optional wager on the progressive meter and win the entire jackpot with a 7-card straight flush. Five aces pays 10% of the jackpot meter and players are eligible for other payouts as well. Players may also make a progressive wager on the dealer's cards.
- Queen’s Dragon Wager – An optional bet that the dealer will have a Queen High Pai Gow. This wager pays the winner 50 to 1.
- Dynasty Bonus and Envy Bonus – This is an optional bonus wager where the player receives payouts for having various poker hands. This wager can pay up to 8,000 to 1. If $5 is wagered on the Dynasty Bonus, the player is eligible to receive “Envy” payouts when other guests at the table have certain poker hands.