Pai Gow Poker
Have you ever thought about how many people in the world gamble in games of chance? The answer: millions. Millions of people all over the world place a bet every day, and there is something for everyone in the world of gambling thanks to the variety of games.
One such game that is not well known in many parts of the world is Pai Gow Poker. Have you heard of it? Chances are you know little or nothing about it.
But no problem with that, that’s what we are here to help you learn about this curious game of chance that is many years old.
Where does Pai Gow poker come from?
Pai Gow Poker is a combination of the popular poker we all know with Pai Gow, a Chinese game that was very popular in China in the 80s. The Chinese game of chance Pai Gow was played with dominoes that looked very similar to dominoes and the dominoes were differentiated by their colours.
In this game, each set of dominoes had the meaning of a military unit as we know them in reality, and for many people Pai Gow represents a game of military strategy. This means that Pai Gow requires a lot of analysis and game management.
Each game of Pai Gow must be supervised by a dealer who plays an important role in the development of the game as he is the one who throws the dice to start dealing the chips.
Pai Gow Poker does not have much to do with its origin, because, believe it or not, it is totally different from the game of chance from which it originates.
How to play Pai Gow poker online?
Now it’s time to find out how to play a game, one of the most curious and successful variations of poker.
To start a game of Pai Gow Poker, each player must place a starting bet, then the dealer deals 7 cards to each player.
Players must divide their game into two hands called strong and weak. The strong hand will hold 5 cards, while the weak hand will hold the remaining 2 cards. By mathematical logic, the strong hand has a much higher point value than the weak hand.
If the player does not comply with this, he will be eliminated, as this is a mandatory part of the rules of Pai Gow Poker. A player who does not follow the rules will be eliminated from the game.
The dealer may give the player two chances to make amends before disqualifying him.
The first hand of the game has the same value as a Poker hand, the only difference is that the combination Ace-2-3-4-5 in Pai Gow Poker is not considered a strong combination like 10-jack-queen-queen-king-As. With the second hand you can only form a pair or a combination of cards slightly less strong than the first hand. If you get a pair of Aces you will have a stronger hand than a pair of deuces.
If the dealer and the bettors both have a pair, the winner is the one with the stronger or better value cards, if they have the same value in their cards, the money goes to the dealer.