Pyramid Poker

Pyramid Poker

Pyramid poker is a simpler version of Pai Gow Poker. In Pai Gow Poker, there are seven cards used while in Pyramid Poker there are only three cards used. This game is known to be quite easy to play with a simple strategy.

Pyramid Poker Gameplay

This game is played with a normal deck of fifty two playing cards. The ranking of the cards from lowest value to highest value is two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten, Jack, Queen, King and Ace. You’ll notice that unlike regular poker, the Aces in this game are always high. The first step in this game is that everyone at the table places their bets.

Then and only then, the dealer and every player at the table is given three cards which are dealt with the face down. The player then takes the cards he has been dealt and puts them into a two card hand and a one card hand. The value of the two card hand must be higher than that of the one card hand. Two singles can be beaten by any pair where the two card hand is involved. There are no flushes in this game, and there are no straights in this game. Besides that, all of the other possible hands are the same as they are in poker.

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Once the players are done making their hands, the dealer will then make his hand according to rules given to him by the house. These rules are explained in the next section. The first player’s one card hand is then put up against the one card hand of the dealer. The second player’s two card hand is then put up against the two card hand of the dealer. Whoever has the best hand wins. Any hands that are the same are given to the dealer. This gives a large advantage to the house.

Pyramid Poker House Hands

The dealer is given specific instructions on how to play the cards they are dealt. If the dealer has three singles, they must play the card that’s in the middle on the one card hand. If the dealer has a pair of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8, they must play that pair in the second hand. If the dealer has a pair of 9 and the single card is 6 or greater then they must play the pair in the second hand. If the single card is less than 6, they must play the 9 in the single hand.

If the dealer has a pair of 10 and the single card is 7 or greater then they must play the pair in the second hand. If the single card is less than 7, they must play the 10 in the single hand. If the dealer has a pair of Jacks and the single card is 8 or greater then they must play the pair in the second hand. If the single card is less than 8, they must play the Jack in the single hand.

If the dealer has a pair of Queen and the single card is 9 or greater then they must play the pair in the second hand. The same applies for a King and 10 combination, and the same applies for an Ace and Jack combination.