Pai Gow odds and payouts

The odds of winning at Pai Gow Poker

What are the odds of being able to form any five card poker hand from the seven you're dealt in Pai Gow Poker?

And if you're playing Bonus/Fortune Pai Gow, what chance have you got of picking up a bonus?

The table below shows the probability and odds against forming each hand and (if you're playing Bonus / Fortune Pai Gow) the bonus you'd get if your seven cards contained the hand - regardless how you set the front and back.

If you're unsure about these hands, or just need a quick reference, check out our Poker Hand rankings chart.

Pai Gow Poker odds and probabilities

Hand Odds Probability Bonus
7 card Straight Flush 5,000,000-1 0.00000021 8000 to 1
Royal Flush plus 2 2's 2,000,000-1 0.00000047 2000 to 1
7 card Straight Flush 800,000-1 0.00000127 1000 to 1
Five Aces 140,000-1 0.00000732 400 to 1
Royal flush 6,000-1 0.00016927 150 to 1
Straight flush 750-1 0.00119788 50 to 1
Four of a kind 500-1 0.00199472 25 to 1
Full House 36-1 0.02717299 5 to 1
Flush 25-1 0.04004129 4 to 1
Three of a kind 20-1 0.04977518 3 to 1
Straight 14-1 0.07158417 2 to 1
Two Pair 9-2 0.23065464 n/a
Pair 5-2 0.41663862 n/a
Nothing 13-2 0.15269722 n/a

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Optimal Pai Gow Poker strategy

We've used the information in the table above to devise our winning strategy for Pai Gow Poker.

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Online Pai Gow Poker guide

Pai Gow is an unusual card game that can best be described as like Blackjack for Poker players - you play against the dealer, but have to form two Poker hands.

Although simple, there is plenty scope for players who want to develop an optimal playing strategy.

To help take you from beginner through to an expert Pai Gow Poker player, we've put together a comprehensive guide, that tells you everything you need to know:


Pai Gow Poker basics

In Pai Gow Poker, you're dealt seven cards which you have to make into two Poker hands - the Front (2 cards) and the Back (5 cards).

The dealer does the same. To win, both your hands must beat the dealers.

Pai Gow Poker strategy

Pai Gow Poker requires an optimal playing strategy, which comes down to understanding three basic elements and combining them to suit your own personal style:

  • General rules for setting any seven card hand;
  • The House Way - the way the casino instructs its dealers to set their hands;
  • The Bonus bet - betting on your hand, regardless of how you set it.

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