# Casino Pai Gow Basic Scoring

Casino Pai Gow Basic Scoring

There are two types of scoring that you can actually use when you play Pai Gow. Basic and advanced are the names given to these types of scoring and for that reason Pai Gow is played in two principle ways. Advanced scoring is the same as basic scoring except there are extra rules added on top and therefore the first step towards learning advanced scoring is learning basic scoring.

Basic Scoring

The basic scoring might seem a bit hard to grasp at first, but the examples below should allow you to understand it perfectly by the time you finish with this article. When you score with Pai Gow, what you need to do is add up the dots on all of the different tiles and then drop the tens digit on those tiles in order to get the final score. This means that in basic scoring, nine is the highest score that you can get.

Example 1 – Single Tiles

A 2-3 tile is a tile that has two dots on one side and three dots on the other. If you add those dots together you get five dots and that means that the total value of this tile is five.

On the other hand, a 5-5 tile is a tile that has five dots on both sides of the tile. If you add the two sides of that tile together you will find that the total is 10. However, since we must drop the tens position when doing basic Pai Gow scoring, the final score of that tile is zero.

Example 2 – Tile Hand

Let’s take the two tiles from the above example just to make things easier. We’ve already established that the scores for the two tiles are five and zero respectively, but if you wanted to add the tiles together to see what their total hand value would be, you need to use the complete value rather than the Pai Gow value. This means that you need to add 5 and 10 to get the total hand value of 15 for these two tiles. However, for Pai Gow scoring purposes you must then drop the tens digit and that means that the final score for 2-3 + 5-5 is five.