It's a classic western poker crossed with the ancient oriental game, Pai Gow. Unlike the Asian version, which is played with tiles, Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard 52-card deck, plus one Joker. The Joker can be used only as an Ace or to complete a straight, a flush, or a straight flush. Pai Gow Poker offers Players the unique opportunity to turn the tables on the house. That is, each Player, in turn, has the option to "Bank" the bets against all other Players including the Dealer.
The progressive version of the game offers the Player an option to make a progressive bet. The Player is betting that five (5) of their seven (7) cards will be a high enough poker rank to receive a progressive payout. This wager is a separate bet and wins or loses regardless of the outcome of the Pai Gow Poker bet. If this bet wins and you also have a pair in your two-card hand, you will win an even higher payoff.

(based on a $5.00 wager)




Natural (Suited) Royal Flush or Five Aces



Royal Flush with Joker



Straight Flush






Full House












The object of Pai Gow Poker is to make two separate hands, using the seven cards each Player is dealt. The Player must arrange their hands as such: a two-card "second highest" or "low" front hand and a five-card "highest" or "high" back hand. To win, both of the Player's hands must be higher than the Banker's two hands. Hands are ranked as traditional poker hands.
The Player wins if both the front and back hands beat the Banker's corresponding hands. The Banker wins if both front and back hands beat the Player's hands. If the Player wins one hand and loses the other, the bet is a push. If both of the Player's hands rank exactly the same as the Banker's hands, this is a tie, and the Banker wins all tie hands. The house handles all bets and charges a five-percent commission on all winning bets.

The game begins with the house dealing out seven hands of seven cards each. The Dealer distributes the hands to the Players as determined by the indicator light or a dice total. The house, whether Banking or not, always sets its hand last. Once the house's hand is exposed, the Players may not touch their cards for any reason. Anyone may bet on a seated Player's hand (community wager) if: (1) the seated Player allows the bet, and (2) the additional bet is at least the table minimum and does not cause the total wager to exceed the house table limit. The seated Player has absolute authority on how the hand is set.

The house alternates with the Players as to who will Bank in a counter-clockwise rotation. In order for a Player to Bank: (1) It must be that Player's turn to act as Banker, (2) the Player must accept the Bank position, (3) the Player must have played against the last House/Bank, and (4) the Player must have an equal or greater amount of cheques in their Bankroll on the layout to cover all wagers made. If the Player refuses or is unable to Bank, the house will Bank the hand.

The five-card back hand must be higher than the two-card front hand. If a Player's high "back" hand does not outrank their low "front" hand, they automatically lose their bet. Players also lose if their hand is not set properly, five cards in back and two cards in front. Neither the house Banker nor the Player Banker may set an automatic losing hand; such a hand will be reset under house rules. If you have any questions about how to arrange your hand, the Dealer will be glad to assist in setting the highest possible potential winner, but is not responsible for wins or losses. If you are not sure or need assistance for any reason, a Motor- City Casino Hotel Pit Supervisor is always available to help. GOOD LUCK!


  • Five Aces (four aces, one joker)
  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush*
  • Four-of-a-Kind
  • Full House
  • Flush
  • Straight*
  • Three-of-a-Kind
  • Two Pair
  • One Pair
  • High Card

* Ace, King, Queen, Jack, Ten is the highest straight, however, in Pai Gow
Poker, Ace, Two, Three, Four, Five is the second highest straight.

How the hands are played

NO PAIR: Use the second and third highest ranked cards for the second highest hand.

ONE PAIR: Always use the Pair as the high hand and use the two highest ranking cards for the second highest hand.

TWO PAIR: Always split unless you have an additional Ace or joker, then keep the Two Pairs together in the high hand and play the Ace/Joker in the second highest hand.
Exception: If both Pair are Jacks, Queens or Kings, or one of the pairs is 7s through 10s with a Pair of face cards, then split and play the lower Pair in the second highest hand, even if the hand includes an Ace/Joker.

THREE PAIRS: Always play the highest Pair for the second highest hand.

THREE-OF-A-KIND: Always play in high hand. Exception: With three Aces, play one of the Aces for the second highest hand and two Aces in the high hand. TWO, THREE-OF-A-KIND: Play a Pair of the Highest Three-of-a-Kind for the second highest hand.


  • With no Pair - When given a choice to play either a Straight, Flush or Straight Flush, play the category which will allow the highest two cards to be played in the second highest hand.
  • With One Pair - Play the Pair in the second highest hand if a Straight, Flush or Straight Flush can be preserved in high hand.
  • With Two Pair - Use the Two Pair rule.
  • With Three Pair - Play highest pair in second highest hand.
  • With Full House - Use Full House rule.


  • Three-of-a-Kind and Pair - Always split and play Pair in the second highest hand.
  • Three-of-a-Kind and Two Pair - Play highest of the Pairs in second highest hand.
  • Three-of-a-Kind and Three-of-a-Kind - Play highest Three-of-a-Kind in second highest hand.


  • 2 through 6 - Never split, play in high hand.
  • 7 through 10 'split unless an Ace can be played in second highest hand, then keep the four in high hand.
  • Jacks, Queens, Kings, Aces - Always split.
  • Four-of-a-Kind with Three-of-a-Kind or Pair - Play Pair in second highest hand. FIVE ACES: Always split and play two Aces in second highest hand.

Exception: Five Aces with a Pair of Kings - Play the Kings in second highest hand and the Aces in the high hand.



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