Fortune Pai Gow Poker

OBJECT OF THE GAME

To win your bet having both of your hands rank higher than both of the designated Player/Dealer. Hands are played and ranked as traditional Poker hands.

THE DECK

Pai Gow Poker is played with a total of 53 cards consisting of 52 cards and the Joker. The Joker is fully wild, if the two-card hand (front) consists of a "Joker", it will automatically play as a "pair".

HOW THE GAME IS PLAYED

  1. A House Dealer controls the shuffling and dealing of the cards, and also controls the orderliness of the game and takes time collections on each hand. One of the seven (7) players becomes the designated Player/Deal­er. The remaining players will each play their hands against the Player/Dealer's hand.
  2. The Player/Dealer is the only oppo­nent. The Player/Dealer is determined in a new game by starting at seat #1, continuing clockwise. Each player in turn has the opportunity to become the Player/Dealer. As the Player/Dealer, you have the option to be the Player/Dealer for two consecutive hands. You may play one hand and pass the Player/Dealer option, or you may pass the option completely.Once the Player/Dealer has been estab­lished, they select where to start the action. Action is determined either by a dice cup or a randomly gener­ated machine. The seat where the action starts will receive the first pile of cards, and receive the first action from the Player/Dealer, continuing clockwise.
  3. Wagers are placed in the small circles on each seat. The amount you wager may not be altered once the play of the hand begins. There is an optional bonus "fortune bet" if your hand contains a straight or better. The payout chart is below. As a player, you must bet at least the table minimum. However, there is no maximum limit for the Player/Dealer position.
  4. Once the cards have been delivered, the players set their hands by mak­ing a two (2) card hand and a five (5) card hand. The five (5) card hand must not rank lower than the two (2) card hand. They will then lay both hands face down distinctly separate next to their wager. When all hands are set, the House Dealer will reveal the Player/Dealer's cards and ar­range the two hands the way the Player/Dealer wants them to be set. The hands are then compared in turn to the Player/Dealer's hand. Player hands that copy every card in that section with the Player/Dealer hand will lose that section.

SETTLING THE HANDS

  1. If player beats the player/dealer on the front AND the back, the hand is a WIN.
  2. If player beats the player/dealer on either the front OR the back, and loses on the other, the hand is a PUSH.
  3. If player loses the front AND the back, that hand is a loss.
  4. The Player/Dealer can only receive ac­tion on the amount he wagered, i.e., if the Player/Dealer wagers $100.00 and loses $50.00 to the action hand and wins $50.00 from the next hand, he cannot win or lose any more money. When all trans­actions are completed, the hand is over.
  5. Every seat has multiple numbers of betting circles. When there is a betting circle(s) not wagered, the other player(s) has the right to wager on it. The player with the most money wagered on a seat makes the decision on how the hand is played.

 

HAND RANKING CHART
FIVE-OF-A-KIND (FOUR-OF-A-KIND PLUS A JOKER)
ROYAL FLUSH
STRAIGHT FLUSH
FOUR-OF-A-KIND
FULL HOUSE
FLUSH
STRAIGHT
THREE-OF-A-KIND
TWO-PAIR
ONE-PAIR
HIGH CARD

The Fortune Bet pays according to the following pay table: (The hand does not need to be set with the bo­nus hand together, it can be split up and still qualify for the Fortune Bonus. The Joker can be used to complete the bonus hand.)

7-CARD COMBINATION PAY ODDS
STRAIGHT 2 to 1
FLUSH 3 to 1
FULL HOUSE 5 to 1
FOUR-OF-A-KIND 25 to 1
STRAIGHT FLUSH WITH JOKER 50 to 1
STRAIGHT FLUSH 50 to 1
ROYAL FLUSH 100 to 1
FIVE-OF-A-KIND 200 to 1
FIVE ACES 500 to 1

STANDARDS OF PLAY

Fortune Pai Gow Poker adds a bonus bet element to the traditional game of Pai Gow Poker played in California Cardrooms. Each player competes against the player/dealer to make the best possible hand.

In Fortune Pai Gow Poker, a player can place an optional Fortune Bonus Bet. A player that wagers at least $5 on the Fortune Bonus Bet qualifies for and Envy Bonus prize.

TYPE OF CARD DECK USED

Fortune Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard fifty-two (52) card deck including a joker for a total of fifty-three (53) cards.

Rank Combination of Cards
1st 7 Card Straight Flush (Seven cards, same suit, ranked in order; i.e. 4-5-6-7-8-9-10 of hearts)
2nd Royal Flush + Royal Match (10-J-Q-K-A of the same suit + Q-K suited)
3rd 7 Card Straight Flush w/ Joker (Seven cards, same suit, ranked in order w/a Joker; i.e. 4-5-Joker-7-8-9-10 of hearts)
4th Five Aces (A-A-A-A-Joker)
5th Royal Flush (10-J-Q-K-A of the same suit)
6th Straight Flush (Five cards, same suit, ranked in order; i.e. 6-7-8-9-10 of hearts)
7th Four-of-a-kind (Four cards of the same rank; for example, 5-5-5-5) The highest-ranked cards win should the p/d and player both have a four-of-a-kind
8th Full House (Three-of-a-kind and one pair) The highest-ranking three-of-a-kind wins; i.e. K-K-K-7-7 beats a 10-10-10-A-As
9th Flush (Five cards, same suit, regardless of ranking; i.e. 5-8-9-Q-K of spades)
10th Straight (Five cards of different suits ranked in order)
11th Three-of-a-kind (Three cards of the same ranking; for example, Q-Q-Q)
12th Two Pair (Two sets of pairs)
13th A Pair (Two cards of the same value)
14th High Card

 

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