Double-hand Poker is a modern game with old ancestry. Founded on the ancient Chinese domino game and the modern American adaptation of poker, Pai Gow poker joins the far east with the wild west in a great game for beginner level gamblers.
Pai Gow is a poker game that puts the player against the casino, not like most other poker games that gamblers wager against other players. By competing against the dealer, new players do not need to fret about other, more advanced players winning their $$$$.
Another Pai Gow benefit is the relatively leisurely game pace, beginners can take their time and plan while not having to make frenzied choices.
It’s also easier to play for a long time with only a tiny amount of cash since, to lose, both of your hands has to be under both of the houses hands.
Pai Gow is played with 53 cards; the normal 52-card common deck and one joker. The player is assigned 7 cards faces showing and the croupier gets seven cards face down.
A 5 card hand and a two card hand must be put together from the seven cards, the five card hand has to be stronger than the 2 card hand. To win, a player is required to have both of his hand totals to be higher than the dealer’s.