Double-hand Poker Rules
March 14th, 2010 by Miranda
[ English ]

Let’s become versed in some alternate styles of poker other than Texas holdem, five card stud, 5 card draw and omaha high. Yes, double-hand poker. Now you might be thinking that double-hand sounds a little Chinese; yes you’re right, this game is a mixture of the Chinese game pai gow and poker
Absolutely this is not one of the most popular forms of poker but still widely played. It can be played by up to seven players. It is played with one deck of cards, with a joker. Interestingly, joker can be used only as an ace, or to complete a straight, a flush, straight flush, or royal flush. The important aspect here to bear in mind is other than the customary ranking of hands we have an additional winning hand that is "Five Aces" (5 aces including the joker). Astonishingly, five aces is greater than every other hand including royal flush. Every player is dealt seven cards. The cards are aligned to make two hands; a two card hand and a 5 card hand. The five card hand has to be stronger or be equal to the 2 card hand.
After arranging the two hands, the cards are placed on the poker table with the faces down. Once on the table, you cannot change them. The croupier will flip over their cards and arrange his hands. Every competitors hand is played against the croupier’s hands. Should the player take 1 hand and lose the other, this is called a "push" and absolutely no money is lost or won. If croupier wins both hands then the player looses their wager the opposite is true if the player wins both hands. Now if the hand is a draw, the croupier wins everything. After the hand is played, the next player clock-wise becomes the dealer and the next hand is dealt.

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