If you are familiar with casino card games, chances are you have heard of Pai Gow poker. For those players who are new to online gambling, Pai Gow poker is a type of casino card game where the object of the game is to create two separate poker hands on a single draw. The game originated in China where it was played using Chinese dominos. The dominos were used to create various scoring hands with two players facing off against each other. In the notes below, we are going to look at how iPad Pai Gow poker works and how to get started playing online.
The Game Setup
The version of Pai Gow poker is played directly against the dealer. A standard game Pai Gow consists of a single poker table with two separated sections for the card layouts. The game is played with a single deck of cards including the jokers. The player’s virtual chips are located at the bottom right hand side of the screen and the game buttons are located in the bottom centre of the screen. In iPad Pai Gow poker, the game begins with the player placing his or her bet on the table. This can be done by tapping on the chips and placing them on the marked betting area on the table.
Creating Two Poker Hands
Once the bet has been placed, players can then tap on the deal button. The dealer will then deal the player 7 cards face up and himself 7 cards faced down. The aim of iPad Pai Gow poker is to create two separate poker hand. The first hand is a two card hand and the second hand is a five card hand. In this game, the five card hand must rank higher than the two card hand. For example, if the two card hand is a pair of queens, the five card hand has to contain a pair of kings or any combination higher in order to play.
Using Jokers as Wilds
In iPad Pai Gow poker, players can drag their cards to rearrange each hand in order to create the highest possible combination for both hands. Obviously the highest scoring hand for the two cards is a pair of aces. The five card hand follows the same poker rules set out in 5 card draw with a royal flush being the highest scoring hand. In this game, jokers are used as wild cards and can be used to substitute for any other card in order to complete a winning combination.
Winning a Hand in Pai Gow Poker
Once a player has split their 7 cards into the two scoring hands, the dealer will then flip his cards over and rearrange his cards into the highest possible scoring hands. In iPad Pai Gow poker, If the player’s two card hand and five card hand is higher than the dealer, the player will win the bet at 1:1. If only one of the hands is higher while the other is lower, the hand is a push and the bet is doubled for the next deal.