After the deal the player then forms the two best high and low hands he or she can. The deck of poker cards used in Pai Gow includes one Joker in addition to the standard 52 cards. This Joker can only be used as an Ace or a poker card to compete a Straight, a Flush, a Straight Flush or a Royal Flush.
The high hand must be higher in rank than the low hand before it can be compared to the dealer’s hands. Once happy with their combination of high and low hand, the player then gets to see the dealer’s cards. The dealer will split their poker cards into high and low hands according to fixed house rules, and then the comparison of ranking is made.
|If both the player’s high and low hands outrank the dealer’s, the player wins.|
|If only one of the player’s hands is higher than the dealer’s, this is a tie and the player’s wager is returned.|
|If both of the player’s hands are lower or both are equal to the dealer’s, the dealer wins.|
|Four Aces + Joker||All Aces plus the single Joker.|
|Royal Flush||Ace, King, Queen, Jack and 10 from the same suit.|
|Straight Flush||Five cards in consecutive order from the same suit.|
|Four of A Kind||All four cards showing the same number or picture.|
|Full House||Three of a Kind and a Pair (see below).|
|Flush||Five cards of the same suit.|
|Straight||Five cards in consecutive sequence in any combination of suits. Highest ranking Straight is A, K, Q, J, 10 and lowest 6,5,4,3,2.|
|Three of a kind||Three cards showing the same number or picture.|
|Two Pairs||Two groups of two cards showing the same number or picture.|
|One Pair||One pair of cards showing the same number or picture.|
|Nothing||A hand with no matching cards.|