ONLINE POKER - PAI GOW
One of the great advantages of the online game is that you will commonly find more variations of the classic games than you will in bricks and mortar casinos. Pai Gow, thanks to online casinos, has become one of the more popular variations on the classic poker game.
Though obviously nowhere near as popular as the classic Texas Hold'em , nevertheless many people are fans of the game and as a result you will find it available at most online casinos. Most Online Poker players become well rounded at all the variations of their game, due in part to the sheer number of games you can get involved with online. So the average Pai Gow proficiency has greatly improved over the past decade or so. It may seem quite daunting at first but if you know how to play poker then you are most of the way there. Firstly the relative strength of a hand in Pai Gow works in pretty much the same way as it does in poker. Pai Gow Poker is an addictive game, many fans talk of enjoying its slower pace and most hold that if you try it out you won't want to go back.
What follows is a basic introduction to the game of Pai Gow. After you have read this you may want to refer to our Pai Gow Poker section where you will be able to find many more articles and guides that are of interest to you. Again as with all online gambling games it is best to give yourself a chance to practice before you start gambling for real money. Nearly all sites enable a free play version of all their major games so take advantage of this feature and get some practice in.
Pai Gow rules are very easy to learn. Most online gambling portals (including this one) offer guides for all major online gambling games, take advantage of these before you play. Essentially the game starts by you making a wager before the dealer deals. The deck used has 53 cards with the Joker functioning as any other card. The joker can be used to make a "street", a "flush" or a "Full House".
If the joker is not used for this end then it will count as an ace. After this the initial 7 cards that were dealt are divided into one hand of five and one hand of two cards.
The dealer must beat both of these hands in order to take your wager. Bear in mind though that if the sum of both yours and the dealers hands are equal then the dealer wins.