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Let us become versed in some different styles of poker other than Texas holdem, 7 card stud, five card draw and omaha eight-or-better. Yes, pai gow poker. Now you must be wondering that double-hand sounds a bit Chinese; yes you are right, this card game is a mixture of the Chinese game pai gow and our very own us poker
Clearly this is not one of the highly acclaimed styles of poker but still broadly played. It can be enjoyed by up to 7 players. It is played with 1 deck of 52 cards, with a joker. Interestingly, the Joker can be used only as an ace, or to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush, or royal flush. The critical element here to clearly recall is other than the normal ranking of hands we have an additional winning hand which is "Five Aces" (five aces including the joker). Surprisingly, five aces beats all other hand yes, even a royal flush. Every gambler is dealt 7 cards. The cards are arranged to make two hands; a two card hand and a 5 card hand. The 5 card hand has to rank higher or be equivalent to the two card hand.
After setting up the 2 hands, the cards are laid on the poker table with the faces down. Once down, you are no longer allowed to touch them. The dealer will flip over his cards and assemble his hands. Every players hand is played against the croupier's hands. If the player wins one hand and loses the other, this is referred to as "push" and absolutely no cash is lost or won. If croupier wins both hands then the individual gives up their bet the opposite is correct if the player wins both hands. Now if the hand is a draw, the dealer wins all. Once the hand is played, the next player clock-wise gets to be the croupier and the following hand is given out.

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