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Last Updated: September 5, 2019

Pai Gow Tiles Strategy

Introduction

The following strategy is for Pai Gow Tiles. Follow the first rule that applies.

1. ONE WAY

If one split beats and/or ties the low and high hands of both other splits, set the tiles that way and disregard all other rules.

2. PAIRS

Play a pair in the high hand whenever possible, unless splitting is indicated below:

  1. Split Gee Joon to make 7/9 or better.
  2. Split 2s and 12s to make 6/8 or better.
  3. Split 5s to make 7/7.
  4. Split 6s to make 7/8 or better.
  5. Split 7s to make 7/7 or better.
  6. Split 8s to make 8/8 or better.
  7. Split 9s to make 9/9 or better.

3. TEEN AND DAY

Play the best high hand if at least one of the other two tiles is a Gee, 6, 7, 8, or 9. Otherwise, play the best low hand.

4. TEEN OR DAY

Follow the first rule that applies:

  1. Play the best low hand if it is worth 6 or 7 points and its high tile is Teen, Day, or H8.
  2. Play the best low hand that puts a Wong, Gong, or High Nine in the high hand, unless it ranks lower than 4-with-H8, in which case play the best high hand instead.
  3. Play the best low hand if it is worth 5, 6, or 7 points.
  4. Play the best high hand.

5. NO TEEN OR DAY

Follow the first rule that applies:

  1. Play the best low hand if it is at least 4-with-H8 but no higher than 8-with-L10.
  2. Play the best low hand if the best high hand ranks lower than 6-with-H6.
  3. Play the best high hand.

STRATEGY PERFORMANCE

The following figures show the results when using the above strategy with no exceptions:

Strategy Performance

Banking Situation House Edge
Dealer is banking 1.8442%
Player is banking 0.0297%
Dealer and player are taking turns banking 0.9369%

Here are all of the exceptions to the above strategy, when the dealer is banking:

PAIR EXCEPTIONS

H8, 9, L2, L2

 
 
   

7/Pair
H8, 9, H2, H2

 
 
   

7/Pair
9, H8, H8, 11

 
 
   

7/9
9, L8, L8, 11

 
 
   

7/9
H10, L6, L2, L6

 
 
   

6/8
H10, L6, H2, L6

 
 
   

6/8
L2, 11, L2, 9

 
 
   

3/Wong
H2, 11, H2, 9

 
 
   

3/Wong

TEEN AND DAY EXCEPTIONS

H2, Gee, L2, 9

 
 
   

high 8/low Wong
H2, L6, L2, 9

 
 
   

high 8/low Wong
H2, H6, L2, 9

 
 
   

high 8/low Wong
H2, L2, H8, 11

 
 
   

4/9
H2, L2, H10, 9

 
 
   

4/9
H2, L2, 11, H6

 
 
   

4/7
H2, L2, 11, Gee

 
 
   

4/7
H2, L2, H10, Gee

 
 
   

4/6
H2, 11, L2, 5

 
 
   

high 3/low 7
H2, H10, L2, 5

 
 
   

high 2/low 7
H2, L10, L2, 5

 
 
   

high 2/low 7
L2, L10, H2, L4

 
 
   

low 2/high 6

TEEN OR DAY EXCEPTIONS

L10, H8, L2, 9

 
 
   

8/Wong
H10, H8, L2, 9

 
 
   

8/Wong
L10, H8, H2, 9

 
 
   

8/Wong
11, L7, L2, L8

 
 
   

8/Gong
11, H7, L2, L8

 
 
   

8/Gong
11, L7, H2, L8

 
 
   

8/Gong
11, H7, H2, L8

 
 
   

8/Gong
L2, Gee, H8, 11

 
 
   

8/9
L2, L6, H8, 11

 
 
   

8/9
L10, L8, L2, L6

 
 
   

8/8
L10, H8, L2, Gee

 
 
   

8/8
L10, H8, L2, L6

 
 
   

8/8
L10, H8, L2, H6

 
 
   

8/8
L10, H8, H2, L6

 
 
   

8/8
H10, L7, L2, 9

 
 
   

7/Wong
L10, H7, L2, 9

 
 
   

7/Wong
H10, L7, L2, L8

 
 
   

7/Gong
H10, H7, L2, L8

 
 
   

7/Gong
H10, L7, L2, H8

 
 
   

7/Gong
H10, H7, L2, H8

 
 
   

7/Gong
H10, L7, H2, L8

 
 
   

7/Gong
H10, H7, H2, L8

 
 
   

7/Gong
L8, 9, L2, Gee

 
 
   

7/8
L8, 9, L2, L6

 
 
   

7/8
L10, L7, L2, Gee

 
 
   

7/8
L10, H7, L2, Gee

 
 
   

7/8
H10, L7, L2, Gee

 
 
   

7/8
H10, L7, L2, L6

 
 
   

7/8
H10, L7, L2, H6

 
 
   

7/8
H10, H7, L2, Gee

 
 
   

7/8
H10, H7, L2, L6

 
 
   

7/8
H10, H7, L2, H6

 
 
   

7/8
L8, 9, L2, 5

 
 
   

7/7
L8, 9, H2, 5

 
 
   

7/7
L10, L7, L2, 5

 
 
   

7/7
L10, H7, L2, 5

 
 
   

7/7
H10, L7, L2, 5

 
 
   

7/7
H10, H7, L2, 5

 
 
   

7/7
H10, L7, H2, 5

 
 
   

7/7
H10, H7, H2, 5

 
 
   

7/7
11, 5, H2, L8

 
 
   

6/Gong
11, 5, H2, L7

 
 
   

6/9
11, 5, H2, H7

 
 
   

6/9
11, H4, L2, L8

 
 
   

5/Gong
11, L4, H2, L8

 
 
   

5/Gong
11, H4, H2, L8

 
 
   

5/Gong
H10, 5, H2, L8

 
 
   

5/Gong
11, H4, L2, L7

 
 
   

5/9
11, H4, L2, H7

 
 
   

5/9
11, L4, H2, L7

 
 
   

5/9
11, L4, H2, H7

 
 
   

5/9
11, H4, H2, L7

 
 
   

5/9
11, H4, H2, H7

 
 
   

5/9
L8, H7, L2, Gee

 
 
   

5/8
H8, L7, L2, Gee

 
 
   

5/8
H8, H7, L2, Gee

 
 
   

5/8
H8, L7, L2, L6

 
 
   

5/8
H8, H7, L2, L6

 
 
   

5/8
H8, L7, L2, H6

 
 
   

5/8
H8, H7, L2, H6

 
 
   

5/8
11, H4, L2, 5

 
 
   

5/7
11, H4, H2, 5

 
 
   

5/7
H8, L7, L2, 5

 
 
   

5/7
H8, H7, L2, 5

 
 
   

5/7
H8, L7, H2, 5

 
 
   

5/7
H8, H7, H2, 5

 
 
   

5/7
L10, H4, L2, 9

 
 
   

4/Wong
L10, H4, H2, 9

 
 
   

4/Wong
L10, H4, H2, L8

 
 
   

4/Gong
H10, H4, H2, L8

 
 
   

4/Gong
L8, H6, H2, L7

 
 
   

4/9
L8, H6, H2, H7

 
 
   

4/9
L10, H4, H2, L7

 
 
   

4/9
L10, H4, H2, H7

 
 
   

4/9
9, L4, H2, L8

 
 
   

3/Gong
9, H4, H2, L8

 
 
   

3/Gong
L2, 11, L10, L4

 
 
   

3/4
L2, 11, L10, H4

 
 
   

3/4
H2, 11, L10, L4

 
 
   

3/4
H2, 11, L10, H4

 
 
   

3/4
L8, L4, L2, 9

 
 
   

2/Wong
L8, H4, L2, 9

 
 
   

2/Wong
L10, L2, H4, 5

 
 
   

2/9
L10, H2, H4, 5

 
 
   

2/9
L10, L2, H4, H10

 
 
   

2/4
H10, 11, L10, L2

 
 
   

1/2
H10, 11, L10, H2

 
 
   

1/2

NO TEEN OR DAY EXCEPTIONS

H4, Gee, L4, 5

 
 
   

high 7/low 9
11, L6, H6, Gee

 
 
   

low 7/high 9
H10, Gee, H8, 11

 
 
   

6/9
H10, L6, H8, 11

 
 
   

6/9
H10, H6, H8, 11

 
 
   

6/9
L10, L6, H6, Gee

 
 
   

low 6/high 9
L10, L6, H10, 9

 
 
   

low 6/high 9
L10, H6, H10, 9

 
 
   

low 6/high 9
L10, H6, H10, L8

 
 
   

low 6/high 8
L10, H6, H10, L7

 
 
   

low 6/high 7
L10, H6, H10, H7

 
 
   

low 6/high 7
L10, 5, H10, 9

 
 
   

low 5/high 9
H10, 5, L8, 11

 
 
   

5/9
H10, 5, H6, Gee

 
 
   

5/9
L10, 5, H8, 11

 
 
   

5/9
H10, 5, H8, 11

 
 
   

5/9
9, H6, 11, L7

 
 
   

5/8
9, H6, 11, H7

 
 
   

5/8
9, H6, H10, L7

 
 
   

5/7
9, H6, H10, H7

 
 
   

5/7
L10, 5, H10, L7

 
 
   

low 5/high 7
L10, 5, H10, H7

 
 
   

low 5/high 7
L8, H7, 9, H8

 
 
   

low 5/high 7
H8, L7, 9, L8

 
 
   

high 5/low 7
H10, L4, H8, 11

 
 
   

4/9
H7, L7, 11, Gee

 
 
   

4/7
L8, H6, H10, L7

 
 
   

4/7
L8, L6, H4, Gee

 
 
   

4/7
L10, L4, 9, H8

 
 
   

4/7
L10, H4, 9, H8

 
 
   

4/7
H10, L4, L10, H6

 
 
   

high 4/low 6
H10, L4, H8, L8

 
 
   

4/6
H7, L7, L10, Gee

 
 
   

4/6
H7, L7, L10, L6

 
 
   

4/6
H7, L7, L10, H6

 
 
   

4/6
H7, L7, L10, 5

 
 
   

4/5
L8, H6, 9, L6

 
 
   

high 4/low 5
L10, H4, 11, L4

 
 
   

high 4/low 5
H7, L7, L10, L4

 
 
   

4/4
H10, L4, L10, H4

 
 
   

4/4
L8, H6, H8, L6

 
 
   

4/4
L7, L6, 9, H6

 
 
   

low 3/high 5
H7, L6, 9, H6

 
 
   

low 3/high 5
9, L4, L8, H6

 
 
   

3/4
9, H4, L8, L6

 
 
   

3/4
9, H4, L8, H6

 
 
   

3/4
L8, L4, H8, 11

 
 
   

low 2/high 9
H6, L6, H8, 11

 
 
   

2/9
5, L7, L10, 9

 
 
   

2/9
5, H7, L10, 9

 
 
   

2/9
5, L7, H10, 9

 
 
   

2/9
5, H7, H10, 9

 
 
   

2/9
5, L7, 11, L8

 
 
   

2/9
H6, L6, L10, H8

 
 
   

2/8
H6, L6, H8, L7

 
 
   

2/5
H6, L6, H8, H7

 
 
   

2/5
L4, L7, L8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
H4, L7, L8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
L4, H7, L8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
H4, H7, L8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
L4, L7, H8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
H4, L7, H8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
L4, H7, H8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
H4, H7, H8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
L6, 5, H8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
H6, 5, H8, 11

 
 
   

1/9
L6, 5, H10, 9

 
 
   

1/9
H6, 5, L10, H8

 
 
   

1/8
H6, 5, H10, H8

 
 
   

1/8
11, L10, H10, L7

 
 
   

low 1/high 7
11, L10, H10, H7

 
 
   

low 1/high 7
H6, 5, 11, L6

 
 
   

high 1/low 7
H4, L7, 11, H6

 
 
   

1/7
H4, H7, 11, H6

 
 
   

1/7
H6, 5, L10, L6

 
 
   

high 1/low 6
H10, 11, L10, Gee

 
 
   

high 1/low 6
H10, 11, L10, L6

 
 
   

high 1/low 6
H10, 11, L10, H6

 
 
   

high 1/low 6
H4, L7, L10, H6

 
 
   

1/6
H4, H7, L10, H6

 
 
   

1/6
H6, 5, 9, H7

 
 
   

1/6
H6, 5, 9, L6

 
 
   

high 1/low 5
L4, L7, L8, H7

 
 
   

1/5
H4, L7, L8, H7

 
 
   

1/5
L4, L7, H8, H7

 
 
   

1/5
H4, L7, H8, H7

 
 
   

1/5
H4, L7, H8, L6

 
 
   

1/4
H4, L7, H8, H6

 
 
   

1/4
H4, H7, H8, L6

 
 
   

1/4
H4, H7, H8, H6

 
 
   

1/4
L6, L4, H8, 11

 
 
   

0/9
L6, H4, H8, 11

 
 
   

0/9
H6, L4, H8, 11

 
 
   

0/9
H6, H4, H8, 11

 
 
   

0/9

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