Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker

Game Description

Born out of Chinese dominoes in the Song Dynasty of 1120 AD, Bodog’s online Pai Gow Poker takes the East Asian game, adds an American twist and makes it an enjoyable and fun game for all to enjoy. It is played with 52 cards and one joker.


Once the player and dealer are dealt seven cards, the player must attempt to beat the dealer by making the best five-card and two-card hand. If both of the player’s hands beat the dealer, victory is theirs.

Pai Gow poker is a combination of Chinese history and American ingenuity. Log in and enjoy.

How to Play Pai Gow Poker


The player selects the amount they would like to wager ($1, $5, $25, $100 and $500. Maximum wager is $500) and clicks Deal. Seven cards, face-up, are dealt to the player and seven cards, face-down, are given to the dealer. The player selects two cards to make up their two-card hand by clicking on their choices (keeping in mind that their five-card hand must be stronger than their two-card hand) then clicks the Split button.


The one with the best two hands wins the game (standard poker card rankings apply). If the player loses one of two hands it’s considered a push and their wager is returned. The dealer wins any tie.


The strategy of the game involves deciding what two cards to give up without hurting the five-card hand. There’s also a joker available in this game that works as a wild card that can complete straights or flushes in any other case, it counts as an Ace.


Hand Name Description Example
5 of a Kind Four aces plus the joker AS, AH, AD, AC, Joker
Royal Flush 10, J, Q, K, A of same suit 10H, JH, QH, KH, AH
Straight Flush In sequence, five cards of same suit 3S, 4S, 5S, 6S, 7S
4 of a Kind Four cards of same rank 6D, 6S, 6C, 6H
Full House 3 of a kind, plus a pair 2H, 2D, 2S, 3H, 3S
Flush Five cards of same suit 2D, 4D, 6D, 8D, 9D
Straight Five cards in sequence 3H, 4C, 5H, 6S, 7D
3 of a Kind Three cards of same rank 7H, 7S, 7D
2 Pair Two pairs of different rank 4H, 4S, 6D, 6S
1 Pair 1 pair (two cards) of same rank KD, KH
High Card Five cards of different ranks and suits AH, KS, 10D, 5C, 2C


Straights are ranked in the following way from highest to lowest:




The best two-card hand is a pair of aces. A two-card hand doesn’t allow flushes.



Players are paid 1:1 minus a five percent commission.
For example, if you bet $5 you can win $4.75 for a total of $9.75.