Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow at Sycuan


To have both of your hands rank higher than both hands of the designated "Banker". Hands are played and ranked as traditional poker hands.


The object of the game is the same as regular baccarat, i.e. to have the highest total point hand, the highest hand being a natural (two-card) 9. All face value cards and ten value cards have a point value of zero, and Aces have a point value of 1. The card point values are summed, and the tens column of the total count is ignored.


Each player places his or her wager before the cards are dealt.

The dealer then deals 7 hands of 7 cards each, face down in front of the tray.

The dealer then places the "action" button on one of the 7 hands. This determines the order in which the hands are given to the players.

A "Dice Cup" containing three dice is shaken by the Banker to determine who receives the first hand (signified by the action button) and the order in which hands are played against the Banker's hand. In Pai Gow, the Banker position is always 1, 8, or 15; numbers clockwise.

At this point, once the dice are dealt, no further wagers are permitted.

Each player, including the Banker, is given 7 cards according to the total indicated on the dice. The player then arranges these cards on to two separate hands. A two card front hand and five card back hand. The five card back hand must be higher than the two card front hand. After all players have arranged their hands (set their hands) the hands are compared in turn to the Banker's hand. In order to win, the player's two card hand must rank higher than the Banker's two card hand and the player's five card hand must rank higher than the Banker's five card hand. Should one hand be EXACTLY the same as the Banker's hand, it is called a "copy" and the Banker wins on that hand.

If the player wins one hand (ranks higher) and loses the other hand (rank lower) to the Banker, no money exchanges hands. This is considered a "push."

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask any Pai Gow section employee who will be more than happy to assist you.

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