Pai Gow Poker is a popular casino game that is frequently played at online casinos and is often taught to new poker players as well. Like Stud Poker, it differs from stud poker mainly in that a player can either call or fold, although not both. The outcome of the game is dependent on the number of players left in the game. It is one of three games in operation in the World Series of Poker (WPT). It is also one of four games in WPT's High Stakes format. The rules for Pai Gow Poker are the same as the rules for stud poker.
If a player has achieved the starting hand, it is recommended that the player looks at his cards and says whether he has got a two-card hand or one-card hand. If a player has got a two-card hand, then the dealer will put forth the two best suited hands, namely, a premium pair such as a royal pair or a straight flush, and a low pair such as four of a kind or a full house. This is followed by putting out a blind bet of the exact amount on the first card in each of the two piles–that is, the two highest cards in the two piles. The blinds are called flops in poker. After the flop, if there is still a match, another card will be turned up in the hand and the match will continue until a player gets exactly twenty-one points.
The object of the game is for the player with the best performing hands to stay in and continue playing. In a game of Pai Gow Poker, if a player is dealt a hand containing a premium pair, he must call, raise or fold. However, the two best performing hands cannot stay in and out forever. Once a hand is turned over, it is deemed to be a no-call. The hands can stay in play through all the games that the players may play, provided the players abide by the betting rules.