Pai Gow poker is a simple game to play. It is played with a 53-card deck, which includes the joker. The joker can be used as an ace or as any card that completes a straight or flush.
The house dealer deals the cards into seven hands of seven cards. Six of the hands go to players and one hand goes to the banker. Out of the seven cards each player receives, the player creates a two-card hand (sometimes called the front hand) and a five-card hand (sometimes called the backhand). The two-card hand must rank lower than the five-card hand. The goal of the game is to make two hands that are both higher than the two hands made by the banker. Pai Gow poker uses the same ranking of hands as in other high poker games.