Pai Gow Poker Playing Tips

Pai Gow Poker is one of the simplest games to learn, and once you learn it you do have a chance of winning. The house edge is always going to be there and in the way. There is nothing you can do about that. However, there are some playing tips we can offer to help you get a better hand. The first thing you need to know about Pai Gow is that the five card hand needs to be higher than the low or front hand. The front hand consists of two cards. These two cards can never be higher than the five card hand. If it is, switch the cards before you begin the round of playing.

  1. You need to place an ante bet before seven cards are dealt. That tells the dealer you are in the game.

  2. The dealer is then going to roll dice to see which hand you will be given. You see in this game the deck is split into seven card hands. Each player will get one hand. If there is a seat empty this is the dragon hand and it will not be played.

  3. You are playing against the dealer and not the other players. You cannot communicate about your cards during the play.

  4. Once the cards have been given to you, you need to decide on your hands remembering the number one rule discussed above- that no front hand is larger than the behind hand.

  5. After all players have split their hands they will place an additional wager based on the dealer cards. The dealer will turn over their front hand first. Then the player must show their front hand. If the player hand is higher then the player wins. If it is the same a tie will ensue and the bet for that hand is returned. There are no winnings for a lost hand.

  6. Next the five card hand will be shown by the dealer, then the player. Again the best hand will win.

In this game there is no bluffing. The strategy is based on the cards you are dealt, and only those cards. It is a very small strategy. If you have a good five card hand, but not a two card hand you can still win- therefore staying in the game is important. The Royal flush is the best hand to have. In your front hand you should have at least a pair if you can. If not don't worry. You shouldn't foul to make that front hand.


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