The goal of Pai Gow is to set your four tiles into two hands of two, and have each pair be worth more than the Dealer’s.
How to play
- After placing their bets, each player, including the Dealer, receives four tiles.
- Players arrange their tiles into two hands of two. This is your High Hand and Low Hand.
See the accompanying tables below for a full list of rankings.
- The strongest hands are Pairs. These are ranked from Gee Jun down to 5’s.
- After the Pairs are Wongs, Gongs and High 9’s. These are made by a 12 or a 2 paired with any
9, 8 or 7 respectively.
- If you can’t make the above, it is simply a matter of adding together the dots for the highest total.
- The closer to 9 the better and you drop the 10 from your total (eg. 7 and 5 is 2, not 12).
Winning and losing
- If both of your hands are higher than the Dealer’s you win.
- If both your hands are lower you lose.
- If you have one higher and one lower you standoff and neither player wins.
- All winning bets are paid at even odds, minus 5%.
Hand Setting Checklist
Perfect Pairs is an optional side bet for players. To win, your first two cards just have to be a pair!
1. Always play any Pairs
2. Play the High 9, Gong or Wong
3. Play your 2 hands as close together as possible (eg play 5-5 rather than 1-9)
This is a 2 or 12 tile with any 9 tile.
This is a 2 or 12 tile with any 8 tile.
This is a 2 or 12 tile with any 7 tile.