You can play Pai Gow with a maximum of eight players. In addition, there are 32 stones in the game, which contain 21 combinations of the existing digits. Some of the combinations are also available in duplicate in the game. At the beginning of the game, the so-called punchers have to bet against the banker. The banker then has to shuffle the dominoes and then pile them up to form a wall. However, this must be done in such a way that the players cannot see the numbers on the stones. Eight small stacks of four stones each have to be piled up.
After the stacks have been placed, the banker must roll three dice. When the dice are cast, the banker counts the players counterclockwise, starting with himself, according to the sum of the dice numbers. In this way, at the end of the day, a player is determined who receives the first stack of dominoes. The player to the right of him then gets the next pile and so on until all players have received a pile. The players then have to make sure that the other players do not see which stones they have. Now the players have to arrange the stones in their pile in a certain way, in two different groups.
A low hand and a high hand
When dividing into a high and a low hand, the high hand must be given stones with a higher value than the low hand. There is a fixed order that must be adhered to. The banker must also arrange his stones in this way. When all players and the banker have arranged their stones, they must place them face down on the designated spaces on the table. Then the so-called croupier must reveal the dominoes and the values are settled. Players all play individually against the banker and can win in the following ways:
A high hand higher than the banker’s hand
A low hand higher than the banker’s hand
If the player can show this, he gets his stake as a profit. If only one hand is higher than the banker’s hand, the round is tied. If the banker’s two hands are higher than the player’s, he receives the stake of the respective player as a win. However, 5% of the banker’s profit is given to the casino.
All players can act as bankers twice in a row during the game. If a player has done this, the next player to his right is entitled to do so. If you want, you can give this right to the next player as banker after just one round.
How should I best put my hands together?
So when you play Pai Gow, your hands are essential. You decide whether I can beat the banker with a higher hand or not and whether I get a profit or not. Therefore, there are a few tips to keep in mind when putting your own hands together as a player to increase the likelihood of beating the banker. Among other things, there are the following tips on how to arrange your hands with the stones in order to win:
It is best to put couples together
If you have a 6-6 or a 1-1, you should put them together with a stone with either 7,8 or 9 eyes
The two stones with the lowest values should be combined so that the sum is 7, 8 or 9
It should be noted that a very high hand combined with a very low hand can only result in a tie.
Pai Gow is a very interesting game that you will definitely enjoy if you know the rules and try it out among friends.