Fortune Pai Gow at River Rock

East meets West in this exciting game of Poker! Fortune Pai Gow combines the elements of Poker and Asian Pai Gow (dominoes).

Object of the game

The object is to beat the Banker’s hand using your seven cards to create two separate hands consisting of a two-card hand and a five-card hand. The Banker may be any Player or the house Dealer.

How to Play

Each Player occupies a square numbered 1 – 6. Each square receives seven cards with the order of deal determined by a random number generator. In order to win, both your two-card hand and your five-card hand must be higher in value than the Banker’s two-card and five-card hands. A “push” occurs when only 1 of your two-hands is higher in value. Your five-card hand must always be higher in ranking than your two-card hand. The house Dealer will be happy to assist you in arranging your hands or explaining the rankings once all Players have set their hands, and prior to the Banker exposing its hand. Dealer will always assist by using the “House Way”.

The Cards

Fortune Pai Gow is played using a standard deck of 52 playing cards, plus one Joker. The Joker, or “Bug” as it is known, can be used only as an Ace, or to complete a straight, a flush or a straight flush.


Winning hands are paid even money. The “Banker” wins identical hands, called “Copy Hands”. The winnings of each Player and the net winnings of the Player/Banker are subject to a 5% commission collected by the Dealer. Players are automatically offered the position of “Banker” in sequence of play. They may however decline, in which case the house will deal and assume the position of “Banker”.  Players may not communicate or exchange hand information during the play of a hand. Once the Dealer exposes the Banker’s hand, Players cannot touch their cards. Any Player’s hand that is set incorrectly (i.e. the two-card low hand ranks higher than the five-card high hand) is considered a “fouled” hand and is an automatic loser.

Fortune Bonus – Pai Gow

Players wishing to play the Fortune Bonus put an amount between $1 and $50 in the Fortune Bonus betting space immediately in front of their Pai Gow betting square. Players win if their seven-card hand contains combinations of cards shown on the Table of Pay posted on the Fortune Pai Gow table. This payment will be received regardless of how Players decide to set their hands. Additionally, wager of $5 or greater on the Fortune Bonus are eligible for an Envy bonus if ANY other Player on the table receives a hand of 4-of-a-kind or higher! Players must play the basic game of Pai Gow to be able to bet the Fortune Bonus. The Dealer’s hand NEVER qualifies for an Envy bonus even when acting as a Player.

Hand Value Fortune Bonus Payout Envy Bonus
(Bet of $5 or greater)
7-Card Straight Flush-No Joker 8,000 to 1 $5,000
Royal Flush Plus Royal Match 2,000 to 1 $1,000
7-Card Straight Flush with Joker 1,000 to 1 $500
Five Aces 400 to 1 $250
Royal Flush 150 to 1 $50
Straight Flush 50 to 1 $20
Four of a Kind 25 to 1 $5
Full House 5 to 1
Flush 4 to 1
Three of a Kind 3 to 1
Straight 2 to 1