How to Deal Pai-Gow Poker

The House Way

      When you arrange your cards, so they have the best house edge, this is known as the “House Way” and these are the rules the casinos use to give themselves the best advantage. The term “House Way” means it’s a pre-determined setting of the casino’s hand depending on which cards they have received. The dealer must always set their hand according to house way. If you forget the house way or you have a question on how to set your hand, feel free to ask the dealer or call over your floor and ask for advice.

      Starting from the lowest ranked hand, we are going to go through each poker ranking and describe the best way to set each hand.

  • This is an example of a high card hand
    High Card

          Out of the 7 cards you were dealt, if you can’t form a ranking hand, then this is known as a High Card and your best option is to place your highest ranking card in the high hand and the second and third highest ranking cards in the low hand.

  • This picture is an example of a Pair
    Pair

          Next on the list is a pair. Always place the pair in the high hand and the next two highest ranking cards in the low hand.

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  • This picture is an example of two pair - Jacks or higher
    Two Pair

          After one pair is two pair and this is where it gets a bit more in depth, but don’t worry we have a rule that’ll help you out. The two pair rule can be broken down like this, if you have a pair of Jacks and 6’s or anything higher, then always split the pair.

  • This picture is an example of two pair - sixes or lower

          If you have a pair of 6’s and 5’s or anything lower, then always keep the two pair together.

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          If you have anything else, then always split the pair.

  • This picture is an example of two pair

          Unless you also have an ace in your hand, then you would keep the two pair together in the high hand and the ace in the low hand.

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          Every casino is different and some casinos treat their two pair rule differently than others. For example, in some casinos they have you splitting Jack’s and 7’s instead of Jack’s and 6’s. Another deviation is, if you have a pair of aces with any other pair, than always split the two.

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  • This picture is an example of Three Pair
    Three Pair

          Next on the list is 3 pair. If you have 3 pair, always put your highest pair in the low hand and the other two pair in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 3 of a Kind
    3 of a Kind

          After 3 pair comes 3 of a kind. If you get a 3 of a kind, then always keep the 3 of a kind together in the high hand.

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          Except if you have aces. You always split three aces so that a pair is in the high hand and one ace is in the low hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 3 of a Kind

          If you have two 3 of a kinds, then place the lowest 3 of a kind in the high hand and split the higher 3 of a kind so that the low hand has a high pair in it.

  • This picture is an example of a 3 of a Kind

          If there is a 3 of a kind with two pair then play the highest pair in the low hand.

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  • These two pictures are an example of a Straight and a Flush
    Straights & Flushes

          Next on the list is a Straight, followed by a Flush, but we’re lumping them into the same group because they follow the same rules. If you have a straight or a flush, always keep it in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a six card straight

          Unless you have a six or seven card straight. Then you would put your highest card in the low hand and the straight or flush in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a straight with a pair

          If you have a six card straight with a pair at either end, then use the pair in the low hand and the straight in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of straights and flushes

          The two pair rule must always be followed even if it splits up a straight or a flush. If you have a pair of Jacks and 6’s or anything higher, then split the pair.

  • This picture is an example of straights and flushes

          If you have a pair of 6’s and 5’s or anything lower, then always keep the two pair together.

  • This picture is an example of straights and flushes

          If there is a pair of Aces with any other pair, then always split the pair with the low pair in the low hand and the pair of aces in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of straights and flushes

          If you have both a straight and a flush in your hand, then play the cards in a way that will give you a Jack or better in the low hand.

  • This picture is an example of a full house
    Full House

          Next on the list is a Full House. Always split a full house.

  • This picture is an example of a full house

          Except when the low pair are two’s and the hand contains an A, J or an A, K, depending on the casino.

  • This picture is an example of a full house with a pair

          If the full house has an extra pair, then play the highest of the two pair in the low hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 4 of a Kind
    4 of a Kind

          After the Full House is a 4 of a Kind. If you have a four of a kind of 6's and under, then always keep them together in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 4 of a Kind

          If they’re 7’s and higher, then always split.

  • This picture is an example of a 4 of a Kind

          Unless you have an ace or any other pair, then keep the four of a kind together and place the ace or the pair in the low hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 4 of a Kind

          If you have a four of a kind with Jack’s or higher and any other pair, then split the four of a kind so that you have a high pair in your low hand and two pair in your high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 4 of a Kind

          Unless that pair is seven’s or higher, then you would keep the four of a kind together.

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          If you have four aces then you would split them up.

  • This picture is an example of a 4 of a Kind

          Unless you had a pair with those four aces. If you had a pair of sevens or higher, then you would place the pair in the low hand and the four aces in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 4 of a Kind

          If the pair is sixes or lower, then play the pair of aces in the low hand and the two pair in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 4 of a Kind

          If you have both a four of a kind and a three of a kind then split the hand in a way that the highest pair goes in the low hand.

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  • This picture is an example of a Straight Flush
    Straight Flush

          Next on the list is a Straight Flush. And if you have a Straight Flush, then keep it as the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a Straight Flush

          But for anything else, you would split the straight flush the same as you would a straight. And you can play the straight or the flush over the straight flush if you have an ace or a king to play in the low hand.

  • This picture is an example of a Royal Flush
    Royal Flush

          After the Straight Flush is a Royal Flush. If you have a Royal Flush, always play it in the high hand.

  • This picture is an example of a Royal Flush

          Unless there are two pair of 10’s or higher; then split the hand.

  •       Always play the straight or the flush over the royal flush if it means you’ll have a King or higher in the low hand. In some casinos, it’s a Jack or higher.

  • This picture is an example of a 5 of a Kind
    5 of a Kind

          A 5 of a Kind can only occur with aces and no other card. It’s a good idea to always split up 5 aces so that there are 2 aces are in the low hand.

  • This picture is an example of a 5 of a Kind

          Unless you also have a pair of Kings, then you would keep the aces together.