Pai Gow Poker Tips

Posted on: January 17, 2018

A variation of the popular Chinese domino game Pai Gow, Pai Gow poker is one of the many lively table games offered at Sacramento Casino. When playing Pai Gow poker at Capitol Casino, a 53-card deck is used, with the single joker in the deck being semi-wild, as it can be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, a flush, straight flush, or a royal flush. But before you head over to play a game of Pai Gow, let’s take a look at some tips that can help you up your game and improve your chances of winning at Capitol Casino!

  • Play Banker when you can: Since the banker has more favorable odds than the rest of the table, it’s a valuable position to play in Pai Gow, which is why you should take advantage of being the banker as much as you can. To get and keep the position of banker you have to maintain a good bankroll, and remember to watch out when playing banker at a table with a player who bets big because you will be on the hook when you lose.
  • Know the betting patterns and the rules: Just as with every casino game you need to know the rules and betting patterns before you start playing. Pai Gow is a technical game of sorts too, so it’s all the more important to know the way the game is played before sitting down at a table.
  • Consider the ratio between banker and player: Always remember the ratio between the banker and the player when you are playing; when you play banker, you should try to bet big if you feel confident in your hand, whereas when you’re not in the position of the banker and you don’t hold the advantage, avoid making big bets. Keep in mind that the larger the ratio between you and the banker, the greater the odds are for the banker.
  • Play your own way when it comes to splitting pairs: Have a plan for what to do when splitting a 2 pair hand, as breaking up a 2 pair hand in a strategic way can cut down the edge the house has over you. Try out a couple different ways of splitting the pairs before you sit down for live play.
  • Watch out for the full house: Pai Gow is one of the few poker game variants that does not favor the full house hand because it doesn’t allow you much room for making a forward hand afterwards. If you draw this hand or see the possibility of acquiring it, do your best to avoid it.
  • Dont be afraid to use the house way: Pai Gow does require some mathematical reasoning and often can leave players stumped as to which is their best hand to play, and in cases where you aren’t sure what to play you can always opt to play the house way, which allows you to follow the system that dealer uses to arrange their hand. You can always ask your Capitol Casino dealer for the system used at the table when unsure of your Pai Gow hand.
  • Take advantage of the bonus: Many casino’s have bonus circles at their Pai Gow tables, and when you have the opportunity to play at a Pai Gow table with bonuses then you absolutely should take advantage of them! The bonus circles will usually offer odds for premium hands and while the odds aren’t what they seem on face value, it is worth your while to give them a try when playing Pai Gow.
  • Know when its your time to leave: Every game reaches a point where the cards aren’t falling and the table is paying, and when you reach a point where you lose 3 hands in row, that’s usually a good indication that you should take a break from the table. Keep in mind that the push rate is pretty high in Pai Gow!