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Progressive Fortune Pai Gow Poker℠

Play SHFL’s Fortune Pai Gow Poker at Your Favorite Station Casinos Location

Part strategy, part good fortune, Fortune Pai Gow Poker pits you against the dealer in this unique game.  You and the dealer each receive 7 cards and place them into a 5 card hand and a 2 card hand.  The goal is to have both hands beat the dealer’s respective hands.  Win even more money by placing a bet on the Fortune Bonus℠ marker!  Pai Gow may seem complicated at first.  For novice players, you can always select “House Way” when arranging your cards until you get a better feel for the strategy of the game.  Advanced players often have their own preferences for specific situations, but the “House Way” is a good starting point.

Pai Gow is popular because much of the time the hands result in a push. As a result, you can make your stack last a long time, even if you’re a novice player. Many people call  Pai Gow Poker the “Drinker’s Game” because you can sit at the table earning free drinks for a long time with a minimal investment!  If you’re new to casino table games, this is definitely a good one to learn first.

Progressive Pai Gow Poker Locations

The Progressive Pai Gow Poker variant featured in this article can currently be found at the following locations.† The non-progressive variant can be found at most Station Casinos Locations.

Palace Station
Boulder Station
Sunset Station
Santa Fe Station
Red Rock Casino Resort and Spa
Fiesta Henderson

Rules*

1. Fortune Pai Gow Poker uses a 53 card deck, which is composed of a normal poker deck plus 1 Joker card.  The deck is shuffled each hand.

2. Initiate a game by placing a bet.

3. You are dealt 7 cards face up.  The dealer gets 7 cards face down.

4.  Arrange your cards into a 5 card poker hand and a two card hand by selecting two cards for the two card hand.  You can also set your hand the “House Way” which is how the dealer is required to set the same hand.  Your 5 card hand must beat your 2 card hand.  So for example, if you have a pair of aces and a pair of kings, you have to put the Aces in the five card hand.    The Joker can only be used to complete a flush, straight, or straight flush, otherwise it is an Ace.  So if you have a pair of Queens and a Joker, the Joker cannot be used as an Queen.

5. Once you’ve set your hand, the dealer flips his cards over and arranges them by the rules of House Way.

6. Compare each hand versus the dealer’s respective hands.  Ties goes to the dealer.  If you lose both hands, you lose your bet.  If you win one and lose one, the bet is a push.  If you win both, you get paid even money minus a 5% commission.

7. You have the option of making a Fortune Bonus sidebet.  This is paid based on your seven cards irrespective of how you have them arranged into hands.

8. If you have placed at least a $5 Fortune sidebet, you qualify for the Envy bonus if another player at the table places a hand of 4 of a kind or better. Your own hand and the dealers hand do not qualify for activating the Envy bonus. If multiple players meet this criteria, multiple Envy bonuses will be awarded for each qualifying bet.

Fortune Bonus Paytable

Hand Payout Envy Bonus
7 Card Straight Flush (No Joker) 8,000 to 1 $5,000
Royal Flush + KQ Suited 2,000 to 1 $1,000
7 Card Straight Flush (With Joker) 1,000 to 1 $500
Five Aces 400 to 1 $250
Royal Flush 150 to 1 $50
Straight Flush 50 to 1 $20
4 of a Kind 25 to 1 $5
Full House 5 to 1
Flush 4 to 1
3 of a Kind 3 to 1
Straight 2 to 1

9. Progessive Payout of 100% will be activated by making a 7 card straight flush (with or without a joker). Also, 5 Aces wins you 10% of the progressive jackpot.

House Way

The “House Way” defines the rules by which the dealer must arrange their hand.  (Think rules for hitting on soft 17 in blackjack, splits, etc.)  The title defines the hand, and the bullet points describes how the dealer must play it.

NOTE: The Progressives and Bonuses are evaluated against your entire 7 card hand. So for example if you have 5 Aces, and you decide to split them, you still qualify for the 10% Progressive Jackpot payout.

Hand: High Card

  • 5 card hand: Highest card
  • 2 card hand: Next two highest cards

Hand: One Pair

  • 5 card hand: Pair
  • 2 card hand: Next two highest cards

Hand: Two Pair

  • Always split the two pair unless you have an Ace, then play the Ace in the low hand. The exception is if if one pair is 7’s or better and the other is Jacks or better, then ignore the Ace and always split the two pair.

Hand: Three Pair

  • 5 card hand: 2 Pair
  • 2 card hand: Highest Pair

Hand: Three of a Kind

  • If you have 3 Aces
    • 5 card hand: Pair of Aces
    • 2 card hand: Ace and next highest card
  • Otherwise
    • 5 card hand: 3 of a kind
    • 2 card hand: next two highest cards

Hand:  Three of a Kind with Two Pair

  • 5 card hand: 3 of a kind plus low pair
  • 2 card hand: High pair

Hand: Two Sets of Three of a Kind

  • 5 card hand: Low three of a kind
  • 2 card hand: Highest pair

Hand: Full House With Pair of 2’s and Ace  + J or Better

  • 5 card hand: Full house
  • 2 card hand: A + J or better

Hand: Full House no Ace

  • 5 card hand: 3 of a kind
  • 2 card hand: pair

Hand: Straight, Flush or Straight Flush

  • 5 card hand: Straight, Flush, or Straight Flush
  • 2 card hand: highest two remaining cards

Hand: Straight, Flush or Straight Flush with A and a pair of 10s or better

  • Play the Ace and the next highest card if the low hand is improved over playing the straight, flush, or straight flush,

Hand: Straight, Flush or Straight Flush containing One Pair

  • 5 card hand: Straight, Flush, or Straight Flush
  • 2 card hand: Pair (if possible without breaking up Straight, Flush, or straight flush) else use the highest two remaining cards

Hand: Straight, Flush or Straight Flush containing Two Pairs

  • See Two Pair rule unless you can save the Straight, Flush, or Straight flush by placing a different pair in the 2 card hand

Straight, Flush or Straight Flush containing Three Pairs

  • 2 card hand: highest pair

Hand: Straight, Flush or Straight Flush containing Three of a Kind

  • 5 Card hand: Straight, Flush or Straight Flush
  • 2 Card hand: Pair

Hand: Straight, Flush or Straight Flush containing a Full House

  • Use full house rule

Hand: Straight, Flush or Straight Flush with 3 Aces

  • Play the Straight, Flush, or Straight Flush that allows the highest possible low hand

Hand: Four of a Kind

    • If 4 of a kind is 2’s through 6’s
      • 5 card hand: 4 of a kind
      • 2 card hand: highest two remaining cards
    • If 4 of a kind is 7’s through 10’s without an Ace
      • 5 card hand: One pair
      • 2 card hand: One pair
    • If you have 4 of a kind 7 through 10 with Ace
      • 5 card hand: 4 of a kind
      • 2 card hand: Ace plus highest remaining card
    • If 4 of a kind is J through Ace
      • 5 card hand: One pair
      • 2 card hand: One pair
    • If 4 of a kind with One pair
      • 5 card hand: 4 of a kind
      • 2 card hand: One pair
    • If Four Aces with Pair 7s and up
      • 5 card hand: Four Aces
      • 2 card hand: Pair
    • If Four Aces with Pair 2 through 6’s and
      • 5 card hand: Two pair
      • 2 card hand: Pair of Aces
    • If Four of a Kind and Three of a kind
      • Put highest pair in 2 card hand

Hand: Five Aces

      • If 5 Aces plus Pair Kings
        • 5 card hand: 5 Aces
        • 2 card hand: Pair Kings
      • If 5 Aces no Pair of Kings
        • 5 card hand: 3 Aces!!
        • 2 card hand: 2 Aces

Hand Rankings 5 Card

Hand Example
5 Aces Ah-Ad-As-Ac-Joker
Royal Flush Ah-Kh-Qh-Jh-10h
Straight Flush 5s-4s-3s-2s-As
Four of a Kind 8h-8d-8s-8c-4c
Full House 5h-5d-5s-2h-2s
Flush Ah-Jh-10h-4h-3h
Straight 6c-7h-8d-9c-10s
Three of a Kind 9h-9d-9s-Kd-6s
Two Pair 7d-7c-4h-4s-Ad
Pair 9h-9s-Qd-7s-3d
High Card Qh-8s-5d-3d-2c

Notes:  In traditional poker, the A through 5 straight is considered the lowest straight,  but in Fortune Pai Gow Poker, it is considered the second highest straight.  It is also the highest straight flush, right below a Royal Flush.

 Hand Rankings 2 Card

Hand Example
Pair 9h-9s-Qd-7s-3d
High Card Qh-8s-5d-3d-2c

†Locations accurate at time of writing. Please call your location to verify your game of choice in advance.

*Rules, paytables, and payoffs are printed for reference only. For specific details, please ask your dealer. These rules, paytables, and payouts may be changed at any time without notice. Again, check with your dealer before placing a bet to be sure you understand the game rules and pay structure.

2 comments on Progressive Fortune Pai Gow Poker℠

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