Learn to play Pai Gow
Our tutorials will teach you everything about the game of Pai Gow, from
the first basics of play to the most advanced strategies.
The table of contents follows; click on a chapter title to
jump to that chapter. If you are a beginner, jump to
Chapter 1 and start
Pai Gow Tutorial Table of Contents
Chapter 1: A Look at the Tiles
You are introduced to the tiles that are used in Pai Gow: what they look like,
how they are named, and their relative ranks.
Basic Game Mechanics
You learn how the game is played. You learn how you receive your tiles, what you
do with them, what you are trying to accomplish in order to win, how to
determine who won, what you do in the event of a tie.
Valuing the Hands
Two tiles, placed together, form a "hand." You learn how to read the
value of any hand.
Naming the Divisions
After receiving your tiles, you decide how to play them. This chapter shows you
how to name the different ways to play your tiles. Knowing the names makes it
much easier to learn the strategy of play in the next chapter.
The Traditional Strategy
You learn how to play your tiles. After reading this chapter, you will know a
good way to play for any set of tiles you can be dealt.
You learn the role of dice in the game of Pai Gow.
Betting, Commission, and Expected Return
You learn how to bet, how bets are paid, and what the commission is. You also
learn about expected return, which is a way of knowing, on average, how much you
expect to win or lose in a game of chance.
As a Pai Gow player, you have the opportunity to be the banker. You learn what
banking means, how and when you do it, and what the (significant) advantages
Designing the Denenberg Strategy
The Denenberg Strategy is a new computer-designed strategy for playing your
tiles. This chapter shows you how the Denenberg Strategy was designed, and why
it gives you a large advantage over playing the traditional strategy.
Denenberg and Optimal Strategies, More Math
In this optional chapter, you learn more interesting facts about how the
Denenberg Strategy was computed.
Fascinating facts about Pai Gow. This chapter isn't completed yet, but it starts
out with an amazing teaser!