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Chartwell Technology develops, licenses, implements and sustains gaming applications and entertainment content for the online world and wireless platforms. Its Java and Flash based software products and games are created for the gaming industry, entertainment, publicity and promotional applications. The company offers high quality online casino games, including video poker, instant games, slots and table games like Pai Gow Poker.

Short Description

When playing Pai Gow Poker, the dealer and the player will be dealt 7 cards each, which are used to make a 5 card hand (high) and a 2 card hand (low). So, in order to win, you must beat both of the dealer's hands. If you only manage to win one of the two hands, the round results in a tie. The dealer wins absolute ties ( for example King/Queen vs. King/Queen).


  1. Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard deck of 52 cards plus a Joker.

  2. The deck is mixed up after each hand.

  3. The 5-card hand must always rank higher than the 2-card hand. For instance, if your 7 cards are: Ace, Ace, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, you cannot place the two Aces as your low hand.

  4. Pai Gow Poker respects the standard rules of the Nevada Gaming Commission. However, the exceptions are that gamblers cannot play the dragon or act as dealer.

Card Hands

The Joker
  1. The Joker card is wild but only used to complete Straights, Flushes, Straight Flushes, or acts as an Ace.

  2. When used in Straights or Straight Flushes the Joker becomes the value and suit needed to complete the hand.

  3. When used in Flushes the Joker becomes the highest value card needed to complete the hand.

  4. If used alone, the Joker becomes an ACE. The Joker can never be used to create pairs other than with another ACE, three of a kind, four of kind, or five of kind hand. The following chart is from highest hand to lowest hand.

The Hands (from highest to lowest)

  • Five of a kind: Aces only. Four aces plus a Joker.
  • Royal Flush: Ace - King - Queen - Jack - 10 of the same suit.
  • Straight Flush: Five cards in succession of the same suit.
  • Four of a Kind: Any 4 cards of the same value.
  • Full House: Three of a kind and a pair.
  • Flush: Five cards from the same suit.
  • Straight: Any 5 cards in succession but not of the same suit. The 10 - A straight is the highest ranked straight. The A - 5 straight is the second highest straight.
  • Three of a Kind : Three cards of the same value and two unmatched cards.
  • Two Pairs: Two cards with the same value with another two cards of the same value with any other card.
  • One Pair: Two cards of the same value and 3 unmatched cards.

How to Play

  1. Select the desired bet amount by clicking on the right Chips situated in the bottom right corner of the screen. The chosen amount must be bigger or equal to the minimum bet condition displayed on the table.

  2. Click on the Bet circle to place your initial bet. To remove or change the bet, hold the Shift key and left-click the chip(s) in the Bet circle.

  3. Click on the Deal button to have the cards dealt. You will be dealt 7 cards face up. The dealer will be dealt 7 cards face down.

  4. Split your seven cards by clicking on the 2 cards you wish to place into your low hand. Keep in mind that your high hand must have a superior ranking than the low hand. Then, click the Done.

  5. The dealer will now split his 7 cards into 2 hands and turn the cards face up.

  6. You either win the game by beating the dealer with both hands, or lose the game by losing both hands, or push (tie) the game by only winning one hand out of the two. The outcome indicates your win, lose, or push with a positive, negative, or zero amount of money.

  7. You can see the result of the hand in the user information panel. Any winnings are added to your balance and chip tray, any losses are subtracted from your balance.

  8. To play another hand, click New Game button. To exit Pai Gow Poker, press the Close button in the upper right-hand corner of the window.

Game Options

  • Graphic Quality: you can change this to Low if you are experiencing slowdowns in play because of your computer's processing abilities.
  • Sound FX: this turns the game sounds (such as the beeps when you click on the buttons) on and off.
  • Dealer Voice: this will turn the messages such as "Player wins" on and off.
  • Load Ambient Sound: this will turn on the sounds of a normal casino, such as people talking in the background (these sounds are very quiet compared to the other sounds).

Additional Information

For more information about the game, go to Main Menu – Gaming Guide.

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