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Traditional Pai Gow Poker – Players are dealt 7 cards and make a two-card low set and five-card high set. To win the primary bet, the Player’s two sets must be of higher ranking than the two corresponding sets belonging to the Banker. If both of the Player’s sets are lower than that of the Banker, the Player loses his or her primary bet. If either of the Player’s sets is higher and the other set is lower or equal to the corresponding Banker’s sets, the result is a tie, or push, and the Player neither wins nor loses, but retains his or her primary wager.


BANKER: The person taking on the bets for the hand. This function rotates among the players and the dealer.

COPY: Player’s hand has the same ranking as the dealer’s hand.

DEALER: The person dealing the cards. The dealer must always set his or her hand the House Way.

FOULED HAND: When the low hand will beat the high hand.

HIGH HAND: Hand configured with five cards. Must be of higher rank than the low hand.

HOUSE WAY: Predetermined configurations of the hand. Dealers must set their hands the House Way.

JOKER: The Joker behaves as a wild card. It can be used to complete a straight, flush or a straight flush. If it is not being used in that manner it is automatically considered to be an Ace.

LOW HAND: Hand configured with 2 cards. Must be of lower rank than the High Hand.

PAI GOW INSURANCE: This is an optional wager, and is independent of all other wagers. The player wins this proposition bet if they achieve a pre-defined hand ranking according to the posted pay table.

PUSH: A tie hand between the player and the dealer.

SET THE HAND: Separating the dealt hand into a five-card hand and a two-card hand.


1. Wagering limits shall be a minimum of $5.00 to a maximum of $500.00, inclusive.

  • The dealer shall visually inspect (and physically count if necessary) each player’s wager to verify that they are within the table minimum and maximum range allowed.
  • All wagers shall be placed within the designated wagering areas.
  • No verbal wagers shall be accepted.
  • All wagers shall be made before the dice cup is opened, or the automatic shuffler delivers cards.

2. A player may play more than one Pai Gow spot at a time. When playing two hands he or she is allowed to set both hands prior to the dealer setting their hand.

3. Two hands require doubling of the minimum, while playing three hands requires a $100 minimum per hands.

  • The House wager will be placed in the indicated wagering area by the top right hand corner of the chip inventory tray.

4. Side bets are not permitted.

House Way:

  • No Pair: Use second and third highest ranked cards for the low hand.
  • One Pair: Always use the pair as the high hand and use the highest-ranking cards for the low hand.
  • Two Pair:  Always split unless you have an additional Ace or Joker, then keep the two pair in the high hand and play the Ace/Joker in the two card hand.

NOTE: If both pairs are Jacks, Queens Kings or Aces or one of the pairs are 7’s-10’s, then split and play lowest pair in two card hand.

  • Three Pair: Always play the highest pair for the low hand.
  • Three of a Kind:  Always play in high hand

EXCEPTION: with three Aces, play one of the Aces for the low hand and two Aces in the high hand.

(Two) Three of a Kind – Play pair of the highest Three of a Kind for the low hand.

All Straights, Flushes & Straight Flushes:

  • No Pair: When given a choice to play either a Straight, Flush or Straight Flush, play the category which will allow the highest two cards to be played on the low hand.
  • One Pair: Play pair in low hand if a Straight, Flush or Straight Flush can be preserved in high hand. When having a pair of 10’s or better with an Ace / Face, Play it instead of the straight, flush or straight flush.
  • Two Pair: Use two pair rule.
  • Three Pair: Use three pair rule.
  • Three of a Kind: Play pair in low hand.
  • Full House: Use Full House rule.

Full House Rule:

  • Three of a Kind and Pair: Always split and play pair in low hand.
  • Three of a Kind and Two Pair: Play highest of the pairs in low hand.
  • Three of a Kind & Three of a Kind: Play highest three of a kind as pair in front hand.

Four of a Kind:

  • 2’s thru 6’s: Never split, play in high hand.
  • 7’s thru 10’s: Split unless an Ace can be played in the low hand, then keep the four in High Hand.
  • Jacks, Queens, Kings  & Aces: Always split.
  • Four of a Kind with a Pair: (or Three-of-a-Kind): Play pair in low hand.
  • Five Aces: Always split and play two Aces in low hand.

EXCEPTION: With five Aces and a pair of Kings, play the Kings in the       two-card hand.



1.     Fortune Pai Gow Poker is an optional bonus bet.

2.     The bet considers the best hand possible among the player’s seven cards.

3.     Players may bet any amount within table limits; however, a Fortune bet of at least $5 qualifies them for Envy Bonus payouts. Players win the Envy Bonus when someone else at the table receives a four-of-a-kind or higher.

4.     To begin each round, players must make their standard pai gow wagers and, if they like, the Fortune bonus wager. If a player wagers at least $5 on the Fortune bonus, the dealer must place an “Envy” button next to it.

5.     The dealer then follows house procedures for pai gow poker.

6.     While reconciling the standard pai gow poker wagers, the dealer also reconciles Fortune bonus bets.

a.     If the player’s hand qualifies for payouts, the dealer pays him according to the posted pay-table.

  •        The dealer leaves the “Envy” button, if applicable, next to the player’s original wager and payouts. He will not pick up envy buttons until he reconciles all wagers.

b.     If the player’s hand does not qualify for payouts, the dealer takes his Fortune wager.

  •        The dealer leaves the “Envy” button, if applicable, next to the player’s original wager and payouts. He will not pick up envy buttons until he reconciles all wagers

7.     The dealer pays any Envy Bonuses at the end of the round. If at least one player has a four-of-a-kind or higher, all players with envy buttons win – see pay-table. In the event more than one player has at least four of a kind, then all players with envy buttons win multiple payouts.

Note: A player cannot win Envy Bonuses for his own – or for the dealer’s – hand

8.     Fortune Pai Gow payout odds are as follows:


NOTE: All Fortune Pai Gow Poker™ tables with Fortune Pai Gow Poker™ bets will have an aggregate of $20,000 per hand and table, exclusive of the Envy Bonus, the amount of which shall be in addition to the aggregate. 

The definitions in this part shall apply to all sections unless otherwise noted.

AGGREGATE: The sum of the whole with reference to its constituent parts.

ENVY BONUS: Bonus paid when a player has a hand of four of a kind or higher, excluding the dealer and his own hand.

ENVY BUTTON: Button used to indicate players who qualify for the Envy Bonus.

HOUSE WAY: A predetermined formula for setting cards dependent on the hand dealt.

HOUSE WAY BUTTON: Button used to indicate that the dealer has assisted the player in setting their hand the house way.

PIPS: The spots on a card that indicate numerical value.  Suit shaped, i.e. hearts, spades, diamonds, and clubs.

RIFFLE: A process of shuffling two stacks of cards by intermingling alternating cards from each stack.

STRIP: Taking small portions of cards off the top of a deck of card and placing them on the layout, and then another small portion of cards off the top of the deck and placing them on the stack on the layout.  This process continues until all of the cards are in a stack.

TOKES: Gratuities.

WAGER: To place at risk an item or object, usually money, on the outcome of an activity, i.e. a hand of cards or a roll of dice, etc.


  1. Wagering limits for the Pai Gow Poker bet are $10.00 (minimum) to $500.00 (maximum).
  2. Players may play up to two spots per round.  If a player chooses to play a second spot, the bets on both the first and second spot must be at least two times the minimum wager but may not exceed the maximum wager of $500.00.
  3. The Fortune Pai Gow Pokerä wager is separate from the Pai Gow bet and is an optional bet for the guest.  The wagering limit for the Fortune Pai Gow Pokerä bet is $1.00 to $25.00.
  4. Only Fortune Pai Gow Pokerä bets of $5.00 or more qualify for the Envy Bonus.
    The Envy Bonus is not an odds-based payout and is therefore not subject to an aggregate limit.
  5. Only a guest playing a particular Pai Gow spot may place a Fortune Pai Gow Pokerä bet on the same Pai Gow spot.
  6. The outcome of the primary Pai Gow bet has no bearing on the Fortune Pai Gow Pokerä bet and vice versa.  A player can win on one wager and lose on the other wager.
  7. The Fortune Pai Gow Pokerä bet does not alter the dealing procedures or player strategy of the primary game of Pai Gow.
  8. Side bets are not permitted.