Pai Gow Poker combines elements of the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow and the American game of Poker. Pai Gow Poker is played with a traditional deck of 52 playing cards plus one Joker. The Joker is used only as an Ace, or to complete a straight, a flush or a straight flush.
Each player receives seven cards and creates two hands simultaneously, a “high hand” or “back hand” (consisting of five cards) and a “second high hand” or “front hand” (consisting of two cards). Both hands must be higher than the bank hands to win. If one hand is higher and the other is lower, it is a tie. If both of the player’s hands are lower than the bank hands, the player loses. Chinook Winds dealers are ready to assist you in setting your hands in the best possible combination. With Fortune Pai Gow Poker, a player may place an optional Fortune Bonus Bet. The dealer pays any Envy Bonuses at the end of the round. If at least one player has a four-of-a-kind or higher, all players with envy buttons win. In the event more than one player has at least four-of-a-kind, then all players with envy buttons win multiple payouts.