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Pai Gow Poker Strategies

Casino Vérité Pai Gow Poker supports four strategies as outlined on this page. You can use the first two strategies without buying CV.


Typical Player Pai Gow Poker Strategy

This is a strategy that might be used by a typical player. It is not suggested for long term play; but could be used by a beginner until he/she gets used to the game. For each possible seven card hand, advice is given on how to split the cards into five card and two card hands.

  • Five Aces - Always five-card Three Aces and two-card a Pair of Aces.
  • Straight Flush - With No Pair, five-card the Straight. With One Pair, two-card the pair if you can keep a Straight or Flush in the five-card hand. With Two Pair, follow the two-pair rule below.
  • Four of a Kind - Five-card the Four of a Kind and two-card the highest remaining cards.
  • Full House - Five-card Three of a Kind and two-card a Pair.
  • Flush - Same as Straight Flush.
  • Straight - Same as Straight Flush.
  • Three of a Kind - Five-card the Three of a Kind unless you have three Aces. In this case, two-card one of the Aces.
  • Two Pair - If three pair, two-card the highest pair. If pair of sixes or less and pair of tens or less, then split if there is not a King, Ace or Joker. If pair of sixes or less and pair of Jacks or higher, then split if there is not an Ace or Joker. If two pairs between sevens and tens, then split if there is no Ace or Joker. Split in all other situations.
  • One Pair - Five-card the pair and two-card the two remaining highest cards
  • No Pair - Five-card the highest card and two-card the second and third highest cards.


Typical Casino Dealer Pai Gow Poker Strategy

Each casino creates its own strategy for setting Pai Gow Poker hands. Below is one of the standard casino strategies. This strategy is more complex and more accurate than the strategy above.

  • Five Aces - Five card three Aces unless you have a Pair of Kings. Two-card a Pair of Kings.
  • Straight Flush - With No Pair, five-card the Straight. With One Pair, two-card the pair if you can keep a Straight or Flush in the five-card hand. With Two Pair, follow the two-pair rule below.
  • Four of a Kind - Split the Four of a Kind into two Pairs unless there is an additional Pair or if the Four of a Kind is Sixes or less or if the Four of a Kind is Sevens through Tens and there is also an Ace.
  • Full House - Five-card Three of a Kind and two-card a Pair.
  • Flush - Same as Straight Flush.
  • Straight - Same as Straight Flush.
  • Three of a Kind - Five-card the Three of a Kind unless you have three Aces. In this case, two-card one of the Aces.
  • Two Pair - If a pair is Jacks or higher, or an Ace or Joker is present, split the pairs.
  • One Pair - Five-card the Pair and two-card the two remaining highest cards
  • No Pair - Five-card the highest card and two-card the second and third highest cards.


Wong Optimal Pai Gow Poker Strategy

The Wong Strategy is the approximate strategy described in Chapter Four of Optimal Strategy for Pai Gow Poker by Stanford Wong. The strategy is supported by CV with permission from the author. It is not described here to avoid copyright restrictions. You can purchase the book at Optimal Strategy for Pai Gow Poker.


Sums Strategy

CV calculates the percentage of all hand combinations that can be beaten by the five-card and two-card hands, sums the two numbers and selects the hand settings that maximize the sum. This strategy is supported by CV for information only. A human would not be able to use this strategy.


Pai Gow Poker Software

You can find software supporting the Wong Optimal Pai Gow Poker Strategy at CV Pai Gow Poker Software.

 

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