InterCasino Pai-Gow Poker is played and
programmed according to Atlantic City Poker rules.
Authority: New Jersey Casino Control
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).
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.
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 used.
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 flush.
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
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):
|Four 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
|Four of a Kind
||Any four of the same number or
||[Three of a
Kind] + [any pair]|
||Any combination of cards but all
K, Q, J, 10 to A, 2, 3, 4,
|Three of a Kind
||Any three of the same number or
||One Pair + One Pair|
||Any two of same number or face
||None of the hands listed
Your highest card, ranked from highest to lowest
as follows: A, K, Q, J, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3,
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
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.
$300 maximum bet.
table bet limit:
You may also set your
table bet limit below the maximum specified limit
by selecting "Bet Options" from the
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.
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
further information on Pai-Gow poker, please
consult the following references:
Tamburin, Henry. Reference Guide to
Casino Gambling, Research Services Unlimited,
Wong, Stanford. Optimal Strategy
for Pai Gow Poker, Pi Yee Press, 1992.
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