Face Up Pai Gow Poker is pai gow poker new game variant mostly found at Las Vegas Casinos and is played with a fully-exposed dealer hand. It is more fun and exciting to play. This game has no commission on winning hands as all main wagers push when dealer has an ace high “pai-gow” hand.
The Player has the option of making a bonus side bet which pays up to 30 to 1 when the dealer and the player’s hand both have an ace high “pai-gow” hand. This game also offers Fortune side bets and is linked in to Las Vegas Station Casinos Progressive Jackpot.
So in this game the players get to set their hand after the dealers expose their cards face up and to set their hand whereas in traditional Pai-Gow poker, players must set their hand before the dealers expose their cards. Hence the name “Face Up” poker.
Rules to play Face Up Pai Gow
A single 53-card deck is used, consisting of the usual 52 cards, plus one joker. The joker is semi-wild. It may be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush, straight flush or royal flush.”
Standard poker ranking rules are followed with one strange exception known as “the wheel” which is considered the second highest straight. Some casinos have dropped this ridiculous rule, but most still cling to it.
Play starts with the player making a bet. The player may also make an optional Push Ace High side bet at this time. The dealer will deal the player and dealer seven cards.
There is no player banking. The dealer cards will be exposed face up. The dealer will then set his cards into a 5-card High Hand and a 2-card Low Hand, according to specified rules known as the “house way.” The poker value of the High Hand must be greater than the Low Hand.
If the best five-card hand the dealer can make is an ace high, then the outcome is an automatic push, regardless of the player cards. This is known as an “ace-high pai gow.”
Otherwise, the player will separate his seven cards into a five-card high hand and two-card low hand. As with the dealer hand, the high hand must be of higher poker value than the low hand.
The five-card hand is ranked according to conventional poker rules. The only poker hand in the two-card hand is a pair or no pair, after which the individual cards determine the value based on the value of the highest ranking card first.
After the player has set his hand, then player and dealer high hands will be compared, and their two low hands. In each case, the hand with the higher poker value wins. If the hands are of equal rank, for example both two-card hands are ace/king, then the dealer wins the tie.
If the player wins both comparisons, then the player will win even money on his bet. There is no commission. If the player wins one and loses one, then the bet shall push. If the player loses or ties both, then the player shall lose his wager.
The best feature of the game
This game has no commission on the main bet if you win. That is why all main bets push when dealer has an ace high “pai-gow” hand. Remember though, players have the option of making a bonus side bet on the dealer getting an ace high hand. This bonus side bet can get paid up to 30 to 1 when the dealer and the player’s hand both have an ace high “pai-gow”! This game also offers Fortune side bets and is linked to our Station Casinos Progressive Jackpot! For just one dollar, you can win the big Progressive Jackpot!
Where can you find this game to play?
This game is now fast becoming popular at many Las Vegas Casinos. You can find them even at few casinos in California. You can play at Palace station casino, New York New York Casino, Mandalay Bay Casino, Grand Sierra Reno, Park MGM, Luxor and many other casinos in Vegas. The minimum bet is $10 or $25.