How to Play Pai Gow Poker

By eHow Hobbies, Games & Toys Editor

Out of the seven cards dealt to them, players make their best five-card and two-card poker hands to compete with the dealer's two hands. The five-card hand must be stronger than the two-card hand. A winner is declared when both of his hands beat the dealer's respective hands.

Find a Pai Gow Poker table whose betting ranges suit you.

Sit down, place your bet and receive your cards from the dealer.

Split your seven cards into two poker hands. The five-card hand must be stronger than the two-card hand. (If your cards are 3, 6, 7, 8, 10, jack, king and king, you must place your pair of kings in the five-card hand, leaving the jack and 10 as your best two-card hand.)

Place your two hands on the table in their designated areas. The dealer will instruct you, if necessary.

Wait for the dealer to separate her cards to see if you've won. The winning cards beat both the dealer's five-card and two-card hands. Winning only one hand (which usually happens) results in a tie.