GOW POKER A
combination of poker and Pai Gow, this game is easier
for Western gamblers to comprehend than Pai Gow, and
it has developed into a casino favorite. Pai Gow Poker
is played with an ordinary deck of 52 cards plus one
joker, which is used as an ace or to complete a straight
Players are dealt seven cards each, which are then
arranged into two hands. One hand will contain five
cards and is known as the "high hand." The
second hand contains two cards and is the "low
The object of the game is to win the bet by having
both the high and low hands rank higher than the respective
hands of the banker. The ranking is determined by
traditional poker rules. If both hands rank lower,
the wager is lost to the banker. If either hand wins
while the other loses, then the wager is a "push"
and is refunded. The house handles all bets and charges
a 5 percent commission on all winning wagers.
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