Those who have played Pai Gow once will never forget the way it works. Dealer and player are both dealt seven cards with which to make one five-card poker hand and one two-card hand. Jokers are included in the deck, but can only be used as an ace or to fill in straights and flushes. The only rule about splitting the hands is that the two-card hand must be of lower rank than the five-card hand.
Either player or dealer must win both hands for money to change hands. Otherwise – and by far the most common outcome – the game is ruled a “push.”
The minimum and maximum bets in RTG’s Pai Gow Poker online are $5 and $100, respectively, per hand.