Good Examples of Solid Pai Gow Poker Play

October 17, 2014


If you're looking to get good at Pai Gow Poker, then one of the best ways to do so is to have someone who is experienced at the game walk you through the logic that dictates correct play in some of the most common situations. That's exactly what we want to do for you here with three of the most common scenarios you'll find yourself in when playing this game. If you get these spots down pat, then you will know how to play the majority of Pai Gow Poker hands perfectly.

It starts with high-card hands with no five-card made hands available. What you need to do here is maximize the value of your front hand while making sure the back is still a higher level hand. To do this, you need to put your highest card in the back and the second-highest and third-highest cards up front. This is how you achieve this aim, and then put your remaining four cards in the back. It's a very simple thing to learn how to do, but playing any other way will get worse results over the long run compared to playing in this way.

With single-pair hands, you're doing a very similar type of thing. You're going to start with your pair in the back, and you're never going to split your pair under any circumstances. Then, you want to put your highest two non-paired cards in the front with the remaining three cards placed in the back hand. This has the same effect of maximizing your front hand while keeping your high hand relatively strong and a higher-ranking hand overall. Again, this is a simple rule to learn, but next you're going to see that not all hands are as easy to play as single pairs and high-card hands.

With three of a kind, you'll usually play in the same way, but there's one exception. Put your three of a kind in the back, the next two cards in front, and the lowest two cards left over in the back. However, if you have three of a kind in aces, then you're going to split your trips. Put two aces for a pair in the back hand with a single ace up front. Put that front ace with the highest non-ace card you have with the remaining cards in the back to maximize your average payout.