Know how to play pai gow with these simple tutorial

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Of all the casino games, pai gow is the oldest game that's still offered in gambling houses throughout the world. In fact, pai gow poker is a modern version of this longstanding game. But even if they are the same in concept, the original one is more complicated to learn since it makes use of an uncommon scoring system and mastering the importance of each tile, as well as the connection between them, used takes a little while.

With that being said, learning the game is not impossible. As long as you understand the gameplay, you don't have to be afraid to make serious errors because you could always ask the dealer to arrange the tiles the "house way." Several online versions of the game also have this option, giving players a security blanket, especially those who are new to the game. Of course, you can always use your own strategy if you prefer to.

Although pai gow is accessible on the internet, only a few internet-based casinos offer it. But if you enjoy the modern version, there are a lot of sites that have this on their game library. The main goal of the online version is to create two hands from four domino tiles that would beat both the dealer hands. Every player, including the dealer, is given four dominos from a 32-tile set. All the dominos are dealt face down but players can check the ones they receive. Every player must then organize two hands, with each hand having two dominos. The player needs to make a low and high hand. In this stage comes the more complicated part - the scoring.

Basic scoring is easy to grasp. For majority of the hands, you can just add the sum of the dots on the two dominos. Like in baccarat, only the digit under the ones side of the sum matters. For example, if you come up to a total of 21 dots in your two dominos, your hand worth is 1 point. The lowest hand is 0, while the highest is 9. Note that gee joon tiles - a tile with one red and two white dots and another tile with four red and two white dots - can have a value of either three or six, depending which would be more beneficial to the player's hand. There are other hands, however, that are worth bigger than nine points.

Among these hands are the hand called Gongs. It is made up of a mix of any 8-point domino and either a 2 or 12-point domino. These hands can be given a 10-point value. If you make a hand above the Gongs, it is called Wongs. Wongs are a combination of any 9-point tiles and either a 2 or 12-point domino. These hands can be given a value of 11 points. The biggest-scoring hands are pairs, and they cause the most mix-up when scoring, too.