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Learn to play Pai Gow

Our tutorials will teach you everything about the game of Pai Gow, from the first basics of play to the most advanced strategies.

The table of contents follows; click on a chapter title to jump to that chapter. If you are a beginner, jump to Chapter 1 and start reading!

Pai Gow Tutorial Table of Contents

Chapter 1: A Look at the Tiles

You are introduced to the tiles that are used in Pai Gow: what they look like, how they are named, and their relative ranks.

Chapter 2: Basic Game Mechanics

You learn how the game is played. You learn how you receive your tiles, what you do with them, what you are trying to accomplish in order to win, how to determine who won, what you do in the event of a tie.

Chapter 3: Valuing the Hands

Two tiles, placed together, form a "hand." You learn how to read the value of any hand.

Chapter 4: Naming the Divisions

After receiving your tiles, you decide how to play them. This chapter shows you how to name the different ways to play your tiles. Knowing the names makes it much easier to learn the strategy of play in the next chapter.

Chapter 5: The Traditional Strategy

You learn how to play your tiles. After reading this chapter, you will know a good way to play for any set of tiles you can be dealt.

Chapter 6: Dice

You learn the role of dice in the game of Pai Gow.

Chapter 7: Betting, Commission, and Expected Return

You learn how to bet, how bets are paid, and what the commission is. You also learn about expected return, which is a way of knowing, on average, how much you expect to win or lose in a game of chance.

Chapter 8: Banking

As a Pai Gow player, you have the opportunity to be the banker. You learn what banking means, how and when you do it, and what the (significant) advantages are.

Chapter 9: Designing the Denenberg Strategy

The Denenberg Strategy is a new computer-designed strategy for playing your tiles. This chapter shows you how the Denenberg Strategy was designed, and why it gives you a large advantage over playing the traditional strategy.

Chapter 10: Denenberg and Optimal Strategies, More Math

In this optional chapter, you learn more interesting facts about how the Denenberg Strategy was computed.

You must be a member of in order to access Chapters 11 and 12, which present the rules of the Denenberg Strategy. Go here to find out how to become a member of 

When you click on the links to chapters 11 and 12, you'll be asked to sign in with your password:

Chapter 11: The Denenberg Strategy, Basic Decisions

You learn the rules of playing the Denenberg Strategy.

Chapter 12: The Denenberg Strategy, Fine Tuning

This chapter presents the advanced decisions of the Denenberg Strategy. First, learn the rules in Chapter 11. Then, become an even better player by learning the "fine tuning" rules.

Chapter 13: Fun Facts

Fascinating facts about Pai Gow. This chapter isn't completed yet, but it starts out with an amazing teaser!


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