Pai Gow Poker isn’t played against other players, but instead, each player attempts to defeat a banker.
If perchance you’re either uncomfortable or unable to set your hand, simply ask the dealer for assistance.
Dealers must set their hands according to the “house way,” which is a predetermined set of procedures that varies from venue to venue.
For the two-card up-top “low” hand, you can only make pairs or high cards. As such, pocket aces are the best hand.
If the only thing you’re dealt is a single pair, you must place it in your five-card high hand.
Pai Gow Poker isn’t as complicated as it sounds. Once you try it out, you’ll find it’s quite easy and enjoyable.
Like most poker games, Pai Gow Poker has evolved to include several variants, most of which provide the opportunity to place side bets.
First, thoroughly shuffle the deck of cards. Then deal out seven cards face-down to each player in the game.