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How to Understand the Pai Gow 16 Pairs & Tile Rankings

Learn how to understand the 16 pairs and tile rankings of pai gow in this Howcast video.


Hey, guys. I'm going to teach you about Pai Gow. Originally, we were going to go into how to play the game, but to understand the game, it's probably a good idea to understand the tiles and exactly how everything here works.

Here we have a set of Chinese dominos, there are 32 of them to a set. And right now I have them arranged in pairs. And we basically have them set from high to low, this being the highest pair. My Chinese is horrible, in English it just means supreme pair, so I'll just say that.

And then it goes into all these identical pairs up until here. You'll notice here we have, some tiles that are not identical, but they are still pairs, like these two nines, these two eights, right, and these two sevens, these two fives.

So, and with that, then you'll be able to understand the game a little bit better after this video. Here you'll notice that we do have sixes but they're different styles. And everything's already paired up, so as a pair these two tiles together beat anything else, and then these two would be the next powerful, and it goes all the way down to the mixed five, which even if it's the lowest pair it's also still very strong.

Also, part of this game are special combinations called wongs and gongs. What it is, like any two or twelve domino with a nine makes up a wong. It's not as strong as a pair, but it's pretty close, right? The next from there, combinations called gongs, which are a two or a twelve and an eight. So with your hand if you're not able to make a pair or one of these then the object of the game is to get as close to nine as possible. Still confused? That's okay, I'll go over all the basics in this series so that you'll know how to play pai gow.

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