Casino Pai Gow Basic Scoring

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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.


Example 3 – Head-to-Head

Player A has a front hand of 2-3 and 3-3 while the Dealer has a hand of 4-5 and 6-6. We need to apply basic Pai Gow scoring to both of these hands in order to discover which hand has the higher value.

Looking at the player’s hand we can see that Player A has a total dot count of 11. Dropping the tens digit on this hand reveals that the player’s hand score is actually 1 which is the second lowest score possible.

Looking at the dealer’s hand we can see that the first tile has 9 dots and the second tile has 12. Adding those two together reveals a total dot count of 21 and dropping the tens digit means that the final score of the hand is 1.

This means that both the player and the dealer have a hand value of 1 and that means that in basic scoring their hands are tied.

April 12, 2011 by : posted in Land Based Casino News No Comments