Setting Pai Gow Poker Hands


Your Hand Set Your Five Card Hand Set Your Two Card Hand
No Pair Highest card Second and third highest cards
One Pair Pair Next two highest cards
Two Pair with Pair of Aces Pair of aces Other pair
Two Pair Normally split.  Unless your high pair is Jacks or 10's and you have an ace, keep the two pair together and place the  ace in the two card hand.  If your high pair is nines or lower and you have a ace or a king, keep the two pair together and place the ace or king in the two card hand
Three Pair Second and third highest pairs Highest pair
Three of a Kind If you have 3 aces, play one ace in the two card hand and the pair of aces in the five card hand.  With all other's keep the three of a kind together in the high hand
5, 6 or 7 Card Straight Keep the lowest cards to complete the straight Two highest cards that keep the five card hand's straight
Straight and Two Pair Disregard the straight and play as two pair
5, 6, or 7 Card Flush Keep the lowest complete flush Two highest cards that keep the five card hand's flush
Flush and Two Pair Disregard the flush and play as two pair
Flush with Full House including the Joker Disregard the flush and play as a full house
Full House Three of a kind Pair
Three of a Kind and Two Pair Three of a kind with the lower pair as a full house Higher pair
Four of a Kind - 2's through 6's Four of a kind Next two highest cards
Four of a Kind - 7's through Jacks Split them except if you have a king or ace you can play in the two card hand
Four of a Kind - Queens, Kings and Aces Always split
5, 6 or 7 Card Flush Keep the lowest cards to complete the straight flush Two highest cards that keep the five card hand's straight flush
Flush and Two Pair Disregard the straight flush and play as two pair
Five Aces including the Joker Place a pair of aces in the two card hand

Posted by Nick David

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