The object of the game is for both of the Player’s two hands to rank higher than both of the Banker’s two hands. In EZ Pai Gow any Player may elect to be the banker in turn. The opportunity to bank will rotate from person to person, allowing the opportunity to bank once including the house. As a Banker, Players must have played a previous hand against the House Banker (to establish wager amount) and have sufficient money on the table to cover all winning bets of other players and dealer. Player Bankers pay 5% commission on NET wins.
The Game is played with a traditional deck of 52 cards, plus a Joker. The Joker may only be used as an Ace or to complete a straight, flush, or straight flush.
The Dealer will give everyone seven cards. A set of dice or a randomly generated number determines which Player gets the first set of cards. The Players will then each arrange their seven cards into a five card hand (High Hand) and a two card hand (Low Hand). The five card hand is ranked as in traditional poker, with the exception that A-2-3-4-5 is the second highest straight. The two card hand will either be a pair or two individual cards. The highest two card hand is a pair of Aces and the lowest is a 2-3.
After all Players have arranged their hands the Banker arranges the House’s hands according to a set of fixed rules known as the “House Ways”. Then the Player’s five card hand is compared to the Dealer’s five card hand. Likewise, the Player’s two card hand is compared to the Dealer’s two card hand. The highest hand wins. To win both hands must win. To lose both hands must lose. If one hand wins and one loses, the hand pushes. If the hands match, it is a tie or “Copy”, and it goes to the Banker.
Dynasty EZ Pai Gow Side Bet
This exciting and fun filled side bet is a wager on the value of the Player’s hand. The pay table starts at 3 of a kind (Even though a straight pays less odds) and ends with a Natural Luhn Tao Wheel (A,2,3,4,5 No Joker) with AQ suited. The top payout is 2000 to 1. The side bet is complete with an Envy Bonus that kicks in at the Four of a Kind level.
Pai Gow Protection EZ Pai Gow Side Bet
This side bet is almost the opposite of the Dynasty side bet. Instead of betting on the value of the Player’s hand, the Pai Gow protection does exactly what it says: Protects against a Pai Gow. The payouts begin with Ace High Pai Gow for 3 to 1 and the top payout is 120 to 1.
Queen’s Dragon EZ Pai Gow Side Bet
In most Pai Gow games commission is charged for wins. In EZ Pai Gow no commission is charged on wins, but instead, there is a LOP hand (a specific hand that causes all other hands to push regardless of strength). In this game the LOP hand is the Dealer receiving a Queen High Pai Gow. But never fear. Place a wager on the Queen’s Dragon side bet and receive 50 to 1 when the Dealer receives the LOP hand.