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How to Play Online Pai Gow

August 8, 2016

Pai Gow Poker is a version of domino game Pai Gow. It is a low-risk game that offers payout that go as high as 8,000 times the bet amount. Online Pai Gow games are also available.

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To start the game, a dealer deals 7 cards to each player. Each player then needs to form 2 hands, a 5-card high hand as well as a 2-card low hand. The 5-card hand must have a higher value. The high hand is ranked according to Poker rules. The players will go against the dealer's hands.

To increase the winning chances one must learn some hand-setting techniques. If you are looking forward to trying your hand in this game, here are some of the best card sorting techniques to keep in mind:

  • For a one-pair, use it in the 5-card hand and transfer the two biggest cards to the 2-card hand.
  • For two pairs, split the pairs between the hands but use the higher pair in the 2-card hand.
  • For three pairs, use the highest pair in the 2-card hand and put the remaining pairs in the other hand.
  • For 3 of a kind, use them in the 5-card and transfer the top 2 individual cards to the other hand.
  • For two 3 of a kind, keep the one with a lower value in the 5-card hand and get two cards from the higher value 3 of a kind to form the 2-card hand.
  • For 3 of a kind and two pairs, use the higher value pair to form the 2-card hand and leave the lower pair with the 3 of a kind to form a full house.
  • For a full house, use the pair for the 2-card hand and use the rest for the 5-card hand.
  • For a 4 of a kind, there are three options depending on the card value. For card values 6 or lower, never split, play in the 5-card hand. For card values 7 to 10, separate them only if you have a King or Ace. Otherwise, keep them in the 5-card hand. Lastly, for card values jack or higher, split them between the hands.