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Pai Gow Poker Strategy

Any Pair of 2's through 6's is referred to as a "low pair", 7's through J's a "medium pair" and Q's through A's a "high pair".

The House Way:
The "front" refers to the two-card hand and the "back" refers to the five-card hand.
No pair: Place the second and third highest cards in the front.
One pair: Place the pair in back and the two highest singletons in the front.
Two pair: Split the two pair except for the following three situations
o Both pairs are 6's or less.
o Both pairs are 10's or less plus ace singleton.
o One pair of face cards, one pair of 5's or less, and an ace singleton.
Three pair: Play highest pair in front.
Three of a kind: Play three of a kind in back except break up three aces.
Three of a kind twice: Play higher pair in front.
Straights and flushes: Always play straight or flush in the high hand except play as a two pair if one of the following:
o Aces and any other pair.
o Both pairs 10's or over.
o Both pairs 10's or under with an ace singleton.
With a six or seven card straight or flush put the highest hand possible in front while maintaining the straight or flush in back.

If hand contains both a straight and a flush play put the hand in back with the highest hand in front, as long as the front hand is a king or better. Otherwise play flush in back.
Full house: Split except with pair of 2's and an ace/king can be played in front.
Full house with three of a kind and two pairs: Play the highest pair in front.
Four of a kind: Play according to the rank of the four of a kind:
o 2 through 6: Always keep together.
o 7 through 10: Split unless an ace and a face card or better can be played in front.
o Jack through king: Split unless hand also contains a pair of 10's or higher.
o Aces: Split unless a pair of 7's or higher can be played in front.
Straight Flush:

Play the straight flush in back except play as a two pair with:
o Aces and any other pair.
o Both pairs tens or higher.
o Both pairs tens or less and an ace singleton.
Play a straight or flush instead if an ace and a face card or a pair can be played in front.
Royal Flush:
Play the royal flush in back except play as a two pair with:
o Aces and any other pair.
o Both pairs tens or higher.
Break up royal flush if a straight or flush can be played in back and a king or better in front.
Five aces: Split unless pair of kings can be played in front.

 

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