Winning Paigow Tile Games
The game is won when a player’s high hand beats the bank’s high hand, and the player’s low hand beats the bank’s low hand.
If only one of the hands of a player outranks the bank, the game is drawn and the player gets his/her money back. If both the bank’s hands outrank the player’s hand then he/she loses the game.
Once all the players have examined their tiles and placed their stakes, other people can participate by tossing in their stakes alongside the players. Also, the banker can set an upper limit for the stakes.
The players then show their high hands in counter clockwise direction from the bank. The bank then reveals its high hand.
This procedure is followed by the players showing their low hands, as does the bank. Either the bank or a player has to outrank the other on both the hands to win a round.
There is the possibility of a draw with two players winning a hand each. The bank pays these players plus the people who had bet with these players, on the lines of their stakes. The game continues with the player to the banker’s right taking over the bank in following rounds.
Paigow Poker is an American derivative of Paigow played with standard playing cards requiring that the player set two hands--a high and a second highest, trying to beat the banker’s two hands. It should not be confused with Paigow, the tile game.
Paigow Poker rules are detailed in the Poker Games Glossary #7.