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Chapter 5: The Traditional Strategy



What's special about this deal?
See the last page of this chapter for the answer.

When you are dealt four tiles, the only decision you have to make is how will you divide those tiles into a high hand and a low hand? Having a strategy of play means knowing how you will divide any set of four tiles that you are dealt.

There isn't one single best strategy for playing Pai Gow. But there is a strategy, called the traditional strategy, that has been developed over countless years of Pai Gow players observing what works and what doesn't work. The traditional strategy is an excellent strategy, and it is used by almost all Pai Gow players and casinos. This chapter will teach you the traditional strategy.

As you gain experience in Pai Gow, you will see that many players and casinos use slight variations on the traditional strategy that we present in this chapter. There is no single version of the traditional strategy set in stone. The differences that you will see are minor, and they won't affect how you use the strategy that you learn here.

You should read Chapter 4, Naming the Divisions, before you read this chapter, even if you already know how to play Pai Gow. Chapter 4 teaches you some terminology that was first introduced on PaiGow.com; you'll need that terminology in order to learn the traditional strategy.

(If you have already studied this chapter, and you only want a quick review, skip to the end of this chapter for a summary of the traditional strategy rules, with links back to the detailed explanation of each rule.)


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