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Pai Gow

The object of pai gow poker is for a player to create two poker hands out of the seven-card hand he/she is dealt by the dealer: a five-card hand, and a two-card poker hand. According to the rules, the five-card hand's rank must exceed the two-card hand's, and that is why the two-card hand is often called the hand "in front" or "on top" or "hair", or the "small" or "minor" or "low" hand. The five-card hand is called the hand "behind", or the "bottom" or "high" or "big" (as they are placed that way in front of the player, when the player is done setting them).

The cards are shuffled, and then dealt to the table in seven face-down piles of seven cards per pile. Four cards are unused regardless of the number of people playing.

Betting positions are assigned a number from 1 to 7, starting with whichever player is acting as banker that hand, and counting counter-clockwise around the table. A number from 1 to 7 is randomly chosen (either electronically or manually with dice), then the deal begins with the corresponding position and proceeds counter-clockwise. One common way of using dice to determine the dealer starting number is to roll three six-sided dice, and then count betting spots clockwise from the first position until the number on the dice is reached.


Players: 7

Square Footage: allow for 8 ft x 10 ft for table, dealers and players comfort.  Allow additional spacing for walking traffic around active tables.

Seating: Standing Room Only, and we also have table height options for wheelchair access and play including seating.

Originally a tile game, Pai Gow is a popular game with the Asian community. The rules are complicated but our dealers are welcoming and able to train new players so that everyone has fun. For large parties we recommend adding a pai gow table as there are always some regular players in every Best Bet Entertainment crowd!