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 you’re dealt a royal. 🤪
But, as the saying goes, you can’t fix stupid! 😵💫
Does the dealer set their cards first?
I played ‘real’ Pai Gow yesterday. The dealer has a screen which tells her which two cards to put up. Our dealer was new and pushed her two cards up before looking at the screen. She was wrong quite a few times but rearranged them before paying off. One hand she made a mistake and didn’t fix it until after she paid, but luckily it made no difference to either me or my friend. (Only two at the table).
Later she made an interesting mistake…. She dealt the hands to the wrong position, but wasn’t aware of it. I won, my friend lost, and we both lost $1 bonus. After she scooped up our cards she noticed that she didn’t have either of the two up cards in her hand. Pit boss came over and said it ‘really should be a misdeal’. I suggested that since all the action was done, she should just let my winning bet stand, return my $1 side bet, and return my friend’s $25 bet and his $1 side bet. She agreed implying though if we were betting big the outcome may have been different. She was super nice, too.
Also interesting…. they recognized me from previous visits, and started chatting…. They essentially begged me to contact administration to ask to keep the place non-smoking, which apparently the powers that be are not planning to do!