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Pai Gow Rules and Tips

Pai Gow is a Chinese game that is played using 32 bone tiles. It is mostly played in Chinese casinos and other parts of the world such as different regions in the United States, Canada, and Australia among others. The game was founded by an American and has a slightly different poker version. This game was created at a time when China had military divisions and was therefore based on a “war theme” as a result. The game was poorly received initially until the poker version was created. This made the game popular among online and offline casinos

How it is played

The original game was played using “dominoes” but the current version is played using chips.
The dealer starts by shuffling the tiles and distributing to the players including him/herself. Each player then divides the tiles into two hands, which are the front hand and the rear hand before dealing starts. The rear hand is that which can win while the front hand has a lower value. One wins if either of their hand is more than that of the dealer. For instance, if a player's front hand is “beats” the dealer's front hand then they won that bet. The same applies to the rear hand.


The games give players a higher chance to recover their money. This is done when a player wins one hand and loses the other. Compared to most casino games, this is a good deal.
The fact that this based on the dealer and players instead of players themselves is also another advantage. Every player can win or lose against the dealer only, which gives them a higher chance of winning.

Pai gow can be played online as well as in a casino which increases convenience.
The different versions of the game make it fun to play. Those who don't like the original version can opt for the poker version and still have some fun.

Pai Gow Rules

Pai gow rules help make the game more interesting and maintains discipline by giving it some sort of structure. Some of them include:
Tiles must be shuffled on the table and placed facing down. They must stack into 8 groups with each one having four tiles.
Each player gets a stack and divided them into two tiles.
Stacks must be rearranged before the players bet. This must be done before the tiles are given to the players.

Every tile has a varied number of spots ranging between 2 to 12. These spots are used to identify each tile's rank and value.
A player wins the best if his/her front hand or area hand is more than the dealer's front and rear hands respectively.

A player can be refunded the money they used as bet is only one hand beats the dealer's.
There must be seven players and all of them must only use the dealer's hands as point of reference. They cannot win or lose against other players.
The winning score for each hand is nine but this may differ under special circumstances such as:
● When double-one tiles and double-six tiles are combined with an eight or a nine.
● When 1-2 and 2-4 tiles are dealt and used as part of front or rear hand.
Winning is determined by the order of the tiles. For example, if a player and the dealer have a similar pair of tiles, the one with a higher rank becomes the winner.

In cases where the dealer and the player have tiles with the same amount of score, the one with a higher score is declared the winner. However, if the scores are the same, the dealer is declared the winner. This is done after establishing that they have tiles with the same high values.

Pai Gow Poker

When it comes to this game, Pai gow rules may be a little different based on the tools used to play. For the poker version, requires six plays including the dealer and is played using a deck of 52 cards.
Here a player gets seven cards, one hand with five cards and the other with two. In order to win, a player's five hand card must beat the two card hand.


While you should recognize the spits on your tiles, their position and color aren't that important. You need to learn about the game including how tiles are ranked, the names of the tiles and their differences. These will help you make the best decisions when playing.


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