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EZ Pai Gow Poker

Obtain a five-card hand and a two-card hand of higher rank than the designated Banker’s corresponding hands.

  • Max number of players at the table
    6
  • Minimum casino bet
    $20

Good to know

Before playing your first game of EZ Pai Gow Poker, you might benefit from learning about certain notions of the game. These helpful tips and basic rules will give you a sense of what to expect before you get to the casino. Once you are at the table, don’t hesitate to ask the dealer any questions you may have. Helping you understand how the game is played is part of their job.

Taking a seat at the table

EZ Pai Gow Poker tables can be easily identified by their green playing surface.

First, find a spot that isn’t already occupied. Although players are allowed to occupy several spots at the table, they must give up a spot for a new player if there are no other available spots. A special marker is used to indicate spots reserved for players who have temporarily left the table. These spots may be used until the absent player returns.

The initial bet

Place your money on the table. Never hand it to the dealer. The dealer will exchange your money for value chips and you may place your bet in the betting spot indicated on the table before the first card is dealt. Initial bets cannot be made, changed or withdrawn after that point.

You must respect the minimum and maximum limits indicated at the table when placing your bets.

The cards

EZ Pai Gow™ Poker is played with one standard deck of 52 cards and a Joker. The ranking of the cards, in decreasing order, is Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3 and 2. An Ace may be used to complete an Ace-2-3-4-5 straight or straight flush. The Joker has the same rank as an Ace but it may also be used to replace any card to complete a straight, a flush, a straight flush or a royal flush.

The game

An electronic random-number generator usually determines the position of the first hand dealt for each game. Cards are dealt face down, seven at a time, clockwise from the starting point and at each playing position, even if empty, including the dealer’s position.

Using the seven cards he received, each player forms a five-card hand called the high hand, and a two-card hand called the low hand. The rank of the five-card hand must be higher than or equal to that of the two-card hand. Any player’s hand that is set incorrectly automatically loses. Players are responsible for arranging their hands. Once the players have set their hands, they must place their cards face down on the designated area on the layout. Players are not authorized to show their cards or to discuss them with other players.

Once all players have placed their cards on the layout, the dealer exposes his cards and sets his high hand and his low hand according to the house strategy. He then exposes each player’s two hands in turn and compares them with the House’s hands. A player may surrender his wager prior to the dealer revealing his hands. In such a case, his cards are not exposed to the other players.

The combinations in decreasing order

Five Aces: four Aces and a Joker.

Royal flush: Ace-King-Queen-Jack-10 of the same suit.

Straight flush: five cards of the same suit in consecutive order.

Four of a kind: four cards of the same rank.

Full house: three of a kind and a pair.

Flush: five cards of the same suit.

Straight: five cards in consecutive order, regardless of suit.

Three of a kind: three cards of the same rank.

Two pair: two sets of two cards of the same rank.

Pair: two cards of the same rank.

HIGH CARD: Highest ranking card.

Winning and losing hands

  • If both of your hands are higher in rank than the Banker’s corresponding hands, your bet wins and is paid even money.

  • If one of your hands is higher in rank than the Banker’s corresponding hand and your second hand is lower in rank or equal to the Banker’s corresponding hand, it is considered a push and your bet neither wins nor loses.

  • In the case that the house gets High Card combination where the queen is the card of the highest value, all initial bets are a push.

  • In all other cases, your bet loses.


Some games enable you to place additional bets. Ask the dealer about your options.

The text above gives a summary of the main rules regarding EZ Pai Gow™ Poker. For more detailed information about this game, please consult the complete rules for EZ Pai Gow™ Poker, available in our casinos. In case of a discrepancy between the rules above and the complete rules, the rules in the By-law prevail.

Poker EZ Paï Gow™ est un jeu exclusif et une marque de commerce utilisés en vertu d’une licence de DEQ.

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