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Foxwoods Pai Gow Poker House Way


  • No Pair: Place the second and third highest cards in front.
  • One Pair: Pair in back, highest two other cards in front.
  • Two Pair:
    Big Pair is Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks: Place small pair in front.
    Big Pair is 10s, 9s, 8s, 7s: Place both pair in back if you can: Put an Ace in front, otherwise split.
    Big Pair is 6s, 5s, 4s, 3s: Place both pair in back if you can: place a King or higher in front: otherwise split.
  • Three Pair: Place high pair in front.
  • Three of a Kind:
    Aces: Place an Ace and the next highest card in front.
    Kings and below: Place three of a kind in back, two highest cards in front.
  • Two Sets: Place pair from higher set in front.
  • Straight, Flush, Straight Flush:
    With No Pair: Place the two highest cards in front that will leave any complete hand in back.
    With One Pair: Place highest possible two cards (pair or no pair) in front that will leave any complete hand in back.
    Exception: With an Ace and a pair of Kings, Queens, Jacks or 10s, play the Ace in front and pair in back if front hand can be improved.
    With Two Pair: Play according to two-pair strategy.
    With Three of a Kind: Place complete hand in back, pair in front.
  • Full House: Put highest permissible pair in front.
  • Four of a Kind:
    Aces, Kings, Queens, Jacks: Always split.
    10s, 9s, 8s, 7s: Play four of a kind in back if you can; put at least a King up front; otherwise split.
    6s and below: never split.
    Four of a Kind with a Pair (or Three of a Kind): Play the pair in front.
  • Five Aces: Place pair of Aces in front, unless a pair of Kings can be played in front.