Pai Gow Poker Strategy

Pai Gow poker Pai Gow poker is a card game in which the player is dealt seven cards, and he must try to make combinations of five and two cards, and the poker hands must be better than the dealer's. Pai go poker is a fairly simple game, but until now no one has come up with an optimal strategy for this game. Here we will try to get acquainted with the basic techniques of playing Pai Gow Poker.

To get started with the game scenarios, it is recommended to study the Pai Gow poker Rules of the Game page. Of course, you can not apply the recommendations described below, but entrust the dealer with the division of cards, but he does not always break the cards according to the optimal strategy, so it is better to carry out this process yourself.

No combinations

Let's start with a scenario where the player has no poker hands. In this case, you need to proceed as follows: keep the highest card, and move the second and third, following the remaining card, to the lowest hand. Those. the lowest hand should have the highest card, the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh, next in order of precedence. Example: K, J, 10,8,6,5,3 move J and 10, keep K, 8,6,5,3.


When combining Pair, you need to leave this combination, and from the rest choose two high cards without touching the pair and send them to the low hand. Consider an example: we have K, K, B,
10, 6, 3, 2, i.e. pair - K, K, so we transfer B and 10, the rest remain.

Two pairs

This combination occurs quite often, somewhere in 22%, and everything is not so simple here. You can split both pairs by folding one pair into the other hand. Remember to always split two pair if one pair is aces. Pairs with kings also need to be split, but except for the case when K, K, 2, 2, T, D, then ace and queen go to a small hand.

Algorithm of actions for a combination of Two pairs:

  • It is not necessary to split when the sum of points is equal to or less than nine with an ace or a king.
  • It is not recommended to split, if the total number of points is equal to or less than fifteen and if the ace.
  • Sevens and twos can be separated when there is a king or higher.
  • It is possible to separate kings and deuces when an ace is present.
  • It is recommended to split jacks and fours with an ace.

Three pairs

With this combination, you need to move the top pair to the other hand. Example: D, D, 10, 10, 9, 9, 5 - transfer D, D.


This combination does not need to be broken, unless there is a trips of aces. Then one ace goes to the lowest hand. Example: T, T, T, B, 6, 3, transfer T and B.

Full House

In this case, the thrips should be left, and the pair should be transferred to the other hand. But there is an exception: with two combinations - a full house and a pair. In this scenario, the full house is not broken. Example: B, B, B, 7, 7, 3, 3, transfer 7 and 7.

Straight or Flush

Combinations Straight or flush should be left, the rest should be carried over. You can only split if an ace and a king can be transferred to the small hand. Consider two examples: Dh, 10h, 8h, 7h, 5h, Bn, 3p, Bn and 3p are carried over. Up, Kb, Dch, Vk, 10k, Db, 2h, in this case, you can transfer both DB, 2h, and Up, Kb.


With sixes and below, the square is not broken. Also, do not split from sevens to nines, but subject to the presence of an ace for the lowest hand (two cards). You should always split four of a kind, which is from tens to aces, but always if there is no extra pair or trips for a two-card hand.

The optimal strategy for Pai Gow Poker is to minimize the house edge.