by GT Staff | Asia Poker combines elements of Pai Gow Poker with the speed and excitement of Heads-Up Poker.
"We are thrilled to be the test site for Asia Poker," said Steven Crone, table games supervisor at the Rio. "The Rio is the only place in the state that you can play this game."
The dealer distributes seven cards to the player. But instead of arranging the cards into a two-and five-card hand, the Asia Poker players arrange them into a one, two and four-card hand.
Each player sets the hands in ranking order, arranging the cards into a high, medium and low hand. When setting the hands, the four-card high hand must be equal to or higher in rank than the two-card medium hand, which must be equal to or higher than the one-card.
A player wins (an even money bet) if any two of the player’s three hands are higher in rank than any of the dealer’s corresponding hands.
If any one of the player’s three hands is identical in rank to the corresponding dealer’s hand, it’s a tie. Ties are also called "copy hands" and the dealer wins all copy hands.