Guide and Tips to Bonus Pai Gow Poker 2012-09-17T17:20:49+00:00 2018-09-07T18:18:55+00:00 Carolyn J Dawson

How to Play and Win at Bonus Pai Gow Poker

Posted on  Sep 17, 2012 | Updated on  Sep 7, 2018 by Carolyn J Dawson

Bonus Pai Gow is played with a standard deck of 52 playing cards plus a Joker; and players must beat the dealer’s two hands by creating two better hands. Players will get a hand of seven cards at the beginning of each round and they must use those cards to create a high hand of five cards and a low hand of two cards.

Players must note that they do not need the highest or lowest hand but need only possess a hand that is better than the dealer’s high hand and low hand. If players have only one hand that is better than that of the dealer, the game is considered to be a tie.

Needless to say, players lose the game if the dealer’s hands are better than theirs.

The Function of the Joker

This poker variant is unique owing to the presence of attractive bonuses and the Joker. The function of the Joker in this game is unlike any other game of poker. Here, the Joker cannot be used as a wild but players can use it to create a Flush, a Straight, a Straight Flush, or a Royal Flush. In all other combinations, the Joker assumes the value and function of the Ace.

Good Poker Hands in Bonus Pai Gow Poker

The strongest hand in this poker variant is a Joker with four Aces, followed by the Royal Flush and the Straight Flush. The next hands include 4 of a Kind, the Full House and the ordinary Flush, which is followed by a Straight, 3 of a Kind, 2 Pairs and finally a single Pair.

The Bonus Bet

In this poker variant players have the opportunity to place bonus bets when they place the main bet. The size of the bonus amount depends on the strength of the players’ initial seven-card hand even before they create a high hand and a low hand out of it. The bonus payouts are displayed on the screen; and the maximum that any player can win is 25,000 units.

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Strategies for Playing Bonus Pai Gow Poker

Several online casinos have begun to introduce Bonus Pai Gow Poker, a combination of the games of poker and dominoes. Since this poker variant is not just a game of chance, but also one of strategy, some key tips will help players maximize their profits and win. Good Pai Gow strategy will allow the player to win steadily.

One important thing to remember before forming a strategy to win is that in this game, the player and the banker must have two hands. When a player who has a small hand that beats the large hand – it will be declared a foul, and the ante bet will be lost.

The first important tip to remember while playing this poker variant is that the player will need to place the ante bet before any of the cards are dealt. This bet is to ensure that the dealer understands that you are in the game. Once this is done, the dealer rolls a dice to determine which hand will be dealt to the player. Each player is pitted individually against the dealer which makes the competition very interesting. After receiving the player’s seven cards, the player then decides on the split in the hand, between the small and the large hand. While doing this, it is important to remember the rule of thumb where the small hand is always smaller than the large hand.

Another tip for online poker players is that there is an additional wager amount that the players will have to place. This additional amount is based on the hand that the dealer holds. The dealer will be the first to turn over his/her hand, and then the player follows suit by showing the small hand. In case the player’s small hand is better than that of the dealer, then the player wins the game, otherwise the dealer wins. Finally, the player and the dealer compare their large hands and the higher hand wins.

The final tip to remember is that the player must win both of the two hands. There is a fixed payout table that illustrates the payout for various hands held. The payout that the player receives is based on this table and the hand that was created by the player. Like with any other game of poker, the Royal Flush beats all other hands

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