Pai Gow Poker Glossary

Pai Gow Poker is a very mysterious game. It has still remained unknown for quite a long time! But this time is over. Now, we are able to define a list of all the words that might cause a problem to you. You will find it below this page.


This is a small wager which is placed on the table before the start of the game in order to notify the bank of a player’s entry into the game. Its value varies from online casino to another.


The individual responsible for the mixing and distribution of Pai Gow Poker cards. Unlike other casino games, the banker is not a dealer. Although they supervise the game they also participate in it. They are given cards just like any other player and must constitute a five-card hand and a two card hand.


A player’s balance or bankroll according to popular poker terms. It is extremely important for players to set limits within their budgets and meet goals in Pai Gow Poker.

Poker Bonus

A reward offered by a casino to consistent clients or outstanding players. A poker bonus can take various forms but is often issued as credit paid into the account a client of an online casino.


The Joker of Pai Gow Poker. Each deck includes a Joker card which can either replace an Ace or complete a complex mixture such as Quintet or Color.

Dragon Hand

The hand dealt to an empty space, i.e. a space left unoccupied by any player. In other variations of poker, the "dragon hand" is akin to the "dead hand." Participants can obviously bet on the "dragon hand."


A British term for an inexperienced player, the French term is jeune poisson (young fish).


In Pai Gow Poker, this means a strong hand. This kind of strong hand which is composed of only two cards is higher than the five-card hands, and is proof of an inconsistency. In such a situation, the "dead hands" are automatically disqualified. In online Pai Gow Poker, it is possible to avoid a foul using automatic sorting, a free option that is unfortunately not available on all sites.

House Way

An English expression that refers to practices required for the Bank to uphold in Pai Gow Poker. Adhering its principles during a game can increase a banker’s chances of winning.

Lower hand

The two-card hand that players must compose. Also referred to as the "low hand" or " fore hand ".


The percentage that the casino gets when a player wins a game in Pai Gow Poker. The rareback is essential for casinos because it is almost its sole means of making a profit. The average percentage applied is 5% of the winning player's bet.