L2, L4, 9, L8
I went looking for your strategy, but it somehow eluded me. Where do I go to find your simple strategy?
I ran into an interesting hand playing Tiles a couple days ago. If I'm looking at it right, it seems like a typical house way gives the optimal play, JB simple gives the second best play and JB advanced gives the third best. The hand is L2, L4, 9, L8. Has anyone else come across this particular deal before?
House way -> 2/Wong
JB Simple -> 6/7
(Play the best low hand if it is worth 6 or 7 points and the tiles include a low-2 and/or high-8.)
JB Advanced -> 3/Gong
(Play a Low 8 Gong whenever possible, except when you also have a High 8 and cannot use it to make a low hand of 7 or better. If given a choice between 2 and 12, play the 12 in the high hand.)
Possibly a rare exception that just has to be memorized?
The traditional way would actually set this as 3/Gong, as the TW has an exception that if the choice is between Gong and Wong, and the Gong has any 3-point low hand, play the Gong instead of the Wong. However, not all casinos implement this exception, and/or not all dealers are aware of it, so some will play it as 2/Wong.
Regarding my simple/advanced strategies, it's another case of where a simplified strategy will necessarily have errors, since optimal strategy is complex. (Even the advanced strategy is simplified compared to optimal.)
BTW, I can confirm the Lucky Dragon has one pai gow table.
What was the minimum? When I was there on like a Friday afternoon it was $15 and totally dead. Then again, the whole casino was pretty much dead.
I forgot to check. This was on a Tuesday around 11 AM and the table was standing dead as most of them were.