In 'GAMBLING 102' there is a section on FACE UP PAI GOW POKER and it says 'no skill is required'. I think there is as eg. suppose the dealer has AAAJJ52 , he will play his hand with AAA52 as his high hand with JJ as his low hand. You may have KKK9942. If you play your full house as KKK42 with 99 as your low hand ; you will lose both hands. You will have to play your hand as KKK99 with 4 2 as your low hand.. Another example ; Dealer has 55A8742 which he will play as 55742 as his high hand and A8 as his low hand. You have 4556678. If you play your hand with 45678 as high and 65 as your low hand then you will push. You need to play 66784 as your high hand and 55 as your low hand in order to win both hands. I know these examples are not the best examples but I think you can get the gist of what I am saying. Also :: most people do the side bet where 3OAK upwards win and some people get confused by the fact that they still get paid for their side bet even if they have split their hand ( as per my second example )
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By no skill is required, the meaning is any player who knows the rules will be able to play perfect strategy every single hand. Do you think there is a single situation that you will ever not know how to set your cards?
Is it really a skill? I think you need about the same skill as when playing video poker to remember to hold the correct cards - when youre dealt a royal. 🤪
But, as the saying goes, you cant fix stupid! 😵💫
Does the dealer set their cards first?