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Strategies For Playing Pai Gow – an article by Adrian Carli

For playing the perfect game you have to learn the strategies for playing Pai Gow. Setting both two card and five card hand is the basic strategy. Knowing the game well is another part of the strategies. Playing pre-pay commission games, entering with dragon hands, and making high bids as banker are some of the time tested strategies for good gains.

If you wish to play the perfect game of Pai Gow with maximum success rate then you will have to take care of well planned strategies for playing Pai Gow. Especially the hand setting strategy is most important for your Pai Gow Games. If you have a good strategy, it will help you in 95% of the situations. There will of course be at least 5% unpredictable situations. Even in those cases your game will be near perfect. Setting the Front 2 and Back 5 referring to the two cards and five card settings in Pai Gow has optimum importance for achieving your desired goal.

Basically Pai Gow poker game is a variation of ancient Chinese domino game with the identical name. The common name for this version of poker is Pai Gow. A 53 card deck consisting of the 52 traditional cards and one joker is used for the game. The format is one on one. Every player or the players are pitted against the banker. The players compete to form the best possible hand. However, there are a lot of ties and the game progresses at slow pace. Therefore one of the best strategies for the game is to make a modest buy that could last you for quite a long duration.

In making your strategies you have to conversant with the rules of the game. A wager commences the game. Thereafter every baiter gets seven cards. Either a roll of the dice or computer generated numbers determines who will receive the first card set. The seven cards are split into sets of 2 cards and 5 cards separately called the low and high hand respectively. Ranking goes by poker. However, most of the online casinos treat the sequence of A-2-3-4-5 as the second highest straight captioned the “Wheel”. Two card rankings are that a pair will beat a couple of singleton cards. The pairs are ranked according to poker rules with the two Aces topping the list. Similarly the hand with 3-2 is the lowest hand.

Once the hands are fixed, the banker turns on the game with the “house way” rules. Remember if both your hands are inferior to the corresponding hands of the banker than you will lose the entire wager. However, if you win both hands then you earn the wager and 5% commission is taken out of it. But if you pre-pay the commission betting say $105 to win the wager of $100 you will be gainer. It will effectively lower the commission rate from 5% to 4.75%. Another strategic move is to see that your two card hand does not become higher than the five card hand. In such cases your hands will be considered foul and you lose on both counts.

Making your strategy also requires knowing exactly how to use the joker. It can used to complete a straight, flush or the straight flush. In all other cases it is treated as an Ace. In flush it is treated as the highest unused card. Sometimes the casinos have the dealer deal “dragon” hands when there are some empty seats. A player may opt to assume the dragon hand thus playing two positions instead of one.

However, the most important strategy for improving your chances in the game is your bet as a banker. Higher the bet you make, the greater is the chances of your win. Another important factor is your card arrangement. The house way is the safest of the strategies and requires little improvement.

The Author:
Dan Roberts enjoys playing the online Pai Gow Poker games. If you are interested you can get the latest bonuses, news, and promotions for online poker then check out this website.

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