Fortune Pai Gow Poker

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Table Type

Fortune Pai Gow Poker is played on a blackjack or batwing style table.

Gaming Equipment

Fortune Pai Gow Poker is played with a standard 52 card deck with one Joker.

Player Positions

Fortune Pai Gow Poker is played with up to seven (7) player positions including the Player-Dealer position.

Table Fees

Collection fees shall be determined prior to the start of play of any hand or round and shall be conspicuously posted. Ample notice shall be provided to players relating to the assessment of fees. Flat fees on each wager may be assessed at different collection rates. The collection rates may not be calculated as a portion of wagers made or winnings earned.

Backline Betting

Backline betting is permitted.
"Backline betting" refers to wagering in a betting position by a player who is not seated in that position.


Action refers to the player position where the settling of wagers begins. Action is determined by the shake of a dice cup. Wagers are settled in the following order: pay winning base bets, collect losing base bets, pay winning bonus bets, collect losing bonus bets. Wagers are settled clockwise, seat by seat, to the extent that the Player-Dealer wager covers.

Player-Dealer Position

The Player-Dealer is the seated position, for any given hand of play, against which all other players at the table are playing.

The player-dealer position shall be offered systematically and continuously in a clockwise manner around the table after every two hands. The player-dealer shall collect all losing wagers, pay all winning wagers, and may not win or lose more than the original amount wagered. Once the player-dealer's wager has been exhausted, the wagers not covered by the Player-Dealer shall be returned to the respective players.

House Dealer

This introduction to Fortune Pai Gow Poker assumes the perspective of a new Player. Accordingly it is written for the perspective of the Player position. This in no way supports, limits, or discourages a player from assuming the Player-Dealer position when offered. Complete rules are available as prescribed by state and local regulation.

In How to Play, the Dealer refers to the House Dealer acting on behalf of the Player-Dealer. The Dealer's Hand is the hand of the Player-Dealer position delivered in front of the House Dealer.

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To make two poker hands out of your seven cards – a five-card hand and a two-card hand – to beat the both of the dealer’s two poker hands

CARD RANKINGS (highest to lowest)

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2

Note: An Ace may be played high or low for a Straight.
5-4-3-2-A = Low Straight
A-K-Q-J-10 = High Straight

The Joker may be used as any card in the deck.

HAND RANKINGS (highest to lowest)

Hand Example
Five of a Kind A♠ A♥ A♣ A♦ Jkr ★
Royal Flush A♠ K♠ Q♠ J♠ 10♠
Straight Flush 9♥ 8♥ 7♥ 6♥ 5♥
Four of a Kind Q♠ Q♣ Q♥ Q♦ 4♦
Full House 7♣ 7 ♥ 7♦ J♥ J
Flush J♦ 9♦ 6♦ 5♦ 2♦
Straight J♣ 10♥ 9♣ 8♣ 7♦
Three of a Kind 5♠ 5♦ 5♣ K♥ 2♣
Two Pair 9♠ 9♣ 4♥ 4♦ Q♥
One Pair J♠ J♣ A♠ 6 2♠
High Card A♥ J♥ 9♠ 7♣ 4♠


  • Place your wager and collection. Because you are not playing against “house money,” there is a collection fee for each hand played or wager placed.
  • The Player-Dealer (see Player-Dealer Position) selects a number (1-7) and shakes a dice cup to determine which position receives the first hand and where action begins.
  • The Dealer’s hand will be kept face down in front of the Dealer until all players have set their hands.


  • Separate your seven cards into two hands: a 5-card (back) hand and a 2-card (front) hand.

    Your 5-card hand will compete against the Dealer’s 5-card hand, and your 2-card hand will compete against the Dealer’s 2-card hand.

    The 5-card hand must rank higher than the 2-card hand.

Win, Lose or Push

  • You win if your front hand ranks higher than the Dealer’s front hand and your back hand ranks higher than the Dealer’s back hand.
  • The Dealer wins if their front hand ranks higher than your front hand and their back hand ranks higher than your back hand.
  • If only one of the hands ranks higher, the hand is a push: no win, no lose.
  • A hand ranking that is identical is called a copy. The Dealer wins all copies.
  • You may ask the dealer to set your hand for you (House Way) by placing your hand in one 7 card pile.


  • Fortune Pai Gow Poker features an optional Fortune Bonus Bet. You must have a base bet to bet the Fortune bonus.
  • The Fortune Bonus Bet considers the best hand possible among your seven cards.
  • A Fortune Bonus Bet of at least $5 qualifies for Envy Bonus payouts. You win the Envy Bonus when someone else at the table other than the Dealer receives a Four of a Kind or higher.
  • Royal match is K-Q suited.
  • Bonus hands are paid according to the Payout Table below.* Otherwise, the Dealer will collect the bet.

Payout Table

Bonus Hand Payout Envy
7 Card Straight Flush no Joker 500:1 $250
7 Card Straight Flush with Joker 500:1 $250
5 Aces 250:1 $50
5 of a Kind 200:1 $25
Royal Flush 100:1 $10
Straight Flush 50:1 $5
4 of a Kind 25:1 $5
Full House 5:1  
Flush 3:1  
Straight 2:1  



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