The game of poker has experienced something of a resurgence in Ireland over recent years, starting with poker tournaments being televised and then the introduction of casino gambling online. It is the online casinos in particular which have contributed most to the number of people actually gambling on poker, and to the number of different poker games we are now able to play. Clearly the most popular poker gambling format is Texas Hold’em because that is the format universally used in poker tournaments worldwide, but online casino gambling has also led to a number of alternative formats being available for us to enjoy. Poker gambling online often means that poker gamblers are playing each other, and this is bound to favour the more experienced players and can be a costly learning curve for anyone new to gambling on poker. One version of poker which is more suitable for new poker gamblers is Pai Gow, which when played online is a one on one game against the bank. The principle of Pai Gow gambling is relatively simple, and we have explained how Pai Gow is played in our casino games pages, but just to wet your appetite heres how it works. The player and the bank are each dealt seven cards from a standard 52 card pack plus one joker. Both then have to form two hands, one of five cards and the other being the remaining two cards. The five card hand must always rank higher than the two card hand, and the player must win both hands to win the game. It is worth noting that the bank wins the game if it wins the five card hand and the two card hand is tied. The joker is not totally a wild card in Pai Gow gambling, and can only be used as an ace in either hand, or to complete a straight or a flush in the five card hand only. The role of the joker when gambling on Pai Gow poker sounds a little complicated, but you soon get the hang of it with practice and we would recommend that you start gambling on Pai Gow in Free Play mode until you’re happy with how the game works.