Pai Gow Poker Hand Rankings

These are the rankings whereupon your hands and the dealer's hands are measured. Whoever has the better ranked high and low hand wins that particular part of the total Pai Gow Poker hand.

HIGH HAND (5 cards)

Straight flush
A five card straight of the same suit.
Four of a Kind
Four cards of the same value.
Full House
Three cards of the same value combined with a pair.
Five cards of the same suit.
Five cards connected by value, i.e. 2-6.
Three of a Kind
Three cards of the same value.
Two pairs
A hand consisting of two separate pairs.
Two cards of the same value.

Note: Unlike normal poker hand rankings, the ace to five straight/straight flush is considered to be the second best one only beaten by the ace to ten straight/straight flush.

LOW HAND (2 cards)

The best possible low hand in Pai Gow Poker is a pair of aces followed by pairs of lesser value.

Often, however, one does not have a low hand pair. Then the highest card counts.

If both you and the dealer hold a low hand ace, the highest valued second card in the low hands will decide the winner. So a low hand of ace, jack beats a low hand of ace, ten and a king, six low hand beats a jack, ten hand.