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Pai Gow Tiles - Advanced Splitting Strategy

Introduction

The following pair-splitting strategies describe combinations to split certain pairs with based on tiles you can see in other player hands (or otherwise outside of the dealer's hand).

It is assumed that the dealer is banking. (If you are banking, it is unlikely other players will be betting against you, and even more unlikely that you will be able to see their tiles if they are.)

The combinations shown that you should split with are in addition to the combinations you would normally split the pair with, if any. For normal pair-splitting rules, see the optimal pai gow tiles strategy.

It should be noted that the overall impact on the house edge that these strategy adjustments have is negligible; the information is mainly provided for academic interest.

The following tile codes are used:

  • H0 = a high 10 tile
  • L0 = a low 10 tile
  • H2 = a Teen tile
  • L2 = a Day tile
  • H4 = a high 4 tile
  • L4 = a low 4 tile
  • H6 = a high 6 tile
  • L6 = a low 6 tile
  • H7 = a high 7 tile
  • L7 = a low 7 tile
  • H8 = a high 8 tile
  • L8 = a low 8 tile

  • 0 = a high 10 or low 10 tile
  • 1 = an 11 tile
  • 2 = a Teen or Day tile
  • 3 = a Gee Joon tile, even if it is the one with 6 pips and/or used as a 6-point tile
  • 4 = a high 4 or low 4 tile
  • 5 = a 5 tile
  • 6 = a high 6 or low 6 tile (not a Gee Joon tile)
  • 7 = a high 7 or low 7 tile
  • 8 = a high 8 or low 8 tile
  • 9 = a 9 tile

Advanced Pair-Splitting Strategy

Pair Tiles Seen Combination(s)
to Split With
H0s All four 2s 9 and L6
9 and 5
L8 and 3
7 and L6
7 and 3
L0s All four 2s 9 and 5
L8 and 3
L7 and 3
1s One 5 L8 and 3
Both 5s H8 and 6
L8 and 3
7 and 7
Any 2 L8 and 5
L8 and 3
7 and 7
7 and L6
7 and 3
Any two 2s 8 and L7
8 and 6
8 and 5
H8 and 4
8 and 3
7 and 7
7 and 6
7 and 5
7 and 3
6 and 6
Any three 2s 8 and 7
8 and 6
8 and 5
8 and 4
8 and 3
7 and 7
7 and 6
7 and 5
7 and 4
7 and 3
6 and 6
6 and 5
All four 2s 8 and 8
8 and 7
8 and 6
8 and 5
8 and 4
8 and 3
7 and 7
7 and 6
7 and 5
7 and 4
7 and 3
6 and 6
6 and 5
6 and 4
A 5 and any 2 H8 and 6
L8 and 5
L8 and 3
7 and 7
7 and 6
7 and 3
6 and 6
3s (Gee Joon) H2 2 and 2
2 and 1
2 and H0
L2 2 and 2
H2 and 1
2 and H0
Any two 2s 2 and 2
2 and 1
2 and 0
Any three 2s 2 and 1
2 and 0
1 and 0
0 and 0
All four 2s 9 and 1
1 and 0
0 and 0
5s H2 and L2 H4 and 2
2 and 1
L2 and 0
Pair of 2s 2 and 1
2 and 0
Any three 2s 4 and 2
4 and 0
2 and 1
2 and 0
All four 2s 8 and H4
6 and H4
4 and 4
4 and 3
4 and 1
4 and 0
1 and H0
H6s H2 H2 and 0
Two or more 2s 2 and 0
L6s One to three 2s 2 and 0
All four 2s 0 and 0
H7s Two or more 2s 9 and 1
L7s One or more 2s 9 and 1

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