Pai Gow Express is a casino table game that mixes standard Pai Gow with Three Card Poker fun. The game is played with a standard deck of 52 cards and a joker. Like standard Pai Gow, the joker can be used as an ace or to complete a straight or a flush.
The play of the game goes as such: each player receives five cards. The object of the game is to set the five cards into two hands: a two-card front hand, and a three-card back hand. The front hand must not rank higher than the three-card back hand, as in Pai Gow. In the front hand, only pair and no pair are the values. In the back hand a straight flush (Ace, King, Queen) is the highest ranking hand.Hand Rankings
- Straight Flush
- Three of a Kind
- Straight (Ace, 2, 3) being the smallest
- One Pair
- No Pair (high Card)
Player wins when his two hands rank higher than the dealer's two hands. Player loses when his two hands rank lower than the dealer's two hands. When one of the hands ranks higher and the other lower, it results in a tie (push) and no wager is exchanged, again as in Pai Gow. The dealer wins all tie hands.
Optional jackpots and bonus bets are available, subject to local ordinances.