Pai Gow Poker has its roots in the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow. It’s a blend of the ancient game and American poker. The game has grown quickly in popularity. When you play Pai Gow Poker, you must pay a 5% commission to the bank each time you win. The goal is to beat both the dealer’s hands; the highest and the second highest.
The game is played with a deck of 53 cards: a standard deck plus one wild Joker. Each player is dealt with 7 cards and must split them into two hands. The first hand is referred to as “the highest hand”, and consists of 5 cards. The second hand is referred to as “the second highest”, and consists of only 2 cards.