Pai Gow was originally developed in China as a gambling game played using 32 Chinese dominoes. That game is sometimes played in major casinos in China, the US and elsewhere. However, with the development of online gambling, a variation of poker, known as Pai Gow Poker has become popular.
This game, sometimes also called double-hand poker, is very loosely based on the original Chinese game. Pai Gow poker uses the 52 cards plus one joker of a standard deck. At most six players sit around the table together with the dealer or banker. The rules of the game are very simple and it’s relatively easy to beat the banker.
Pai Gow Poker is an exciting casino table game that can also be played online. However, unlike other poker variants, where players play against each other, in Pai Gow Poker each player pits their wits (and cards) solely against the banker who is also the dealer. As mentioned above, a maximum of 7 players can join a table.
Each hand begins with the players placing their bets on who will win. The cards are then shuffled, after which the banker deals each player and themselves a total of 7 cards in a clockwise direction. Unused cards are placed in the discard or muck pile.