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Pai Gow Tile Practice Trainer

Posted in pai gow tiles by stephenhow on February 19, 2012

When I go with friends on 3-4 day trips to Vegas, I usually end up looking for a cheap game at some point during my 72 hours in the casino. Pai Gow Poker is cheap and slow, but it’s painfully boring. So the last few times we stayed at the Mirage, I started playing Pai Gow Tiles. I really like it now, because it’s a new game to learn, and I feel quite the degen pushing around the pretty little tiles.

The first times I played, I barely knew how to read a hand, and I didn’t learn any strategy. I often asked the dealer for the house way, which I later found out costs at least 0.5% compared to even a simple strategy. Besides, it’s much more fun to set your own hand (correctly). The Wizard of Odds has a very good calculator, but I still needed a practice trainer that taught a simple strategy.

So I wrote a trainer to teach myself, and other newbies, how to play the Wizard’s Simple Strategy. With some interactive practice, and just a little reading on the basics of the game, I hope that anyone can learn to play.

I wrote up a tutorial page on Pai Gow Tiles, if you need some background on the game.

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  1. zacksteele said, on February 24, 2012 at 11:11 am


    It was great to meet you this weekend @ the tiles table at MGM. Sorry to run off abruptly, we were off to see Ka. I’ve been a fan of the site for a while, and love this pai gow tiles trainer. I’m a frequent of Barona if you’re in for a trip out. I must say it was pretty cool to meet someone like you AT the tables.

    • stephenhow said, on February 24, 2012 at 2:14 pm


      It was great meeting you too at the tables! Another white guy came and played at the table a few hours after you left. All three of us set hands like 0/9 vs. 4/5, and break Wong/Gong/High-9’s to play hi-6/8. The dealers eventually got used to it. It was fun while you were there!

      Well, I won’t see you at Barona any time soon (I’m barred from table games), but maybe one day I’ll see you in the poker room.


  2. Ming said, on June 11, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Hello, i often see players trying to hint each other if they are holding teen or day, i wonder does it really make a lot of different on how they are setting their tiles? Is this an advantage on knowing if the dealer has teen or day?

    • stephenhow said, on June 13, 2016 at 5:05 pm

      It’s probably not enough information, but I should look into it again to make sure. Thanks for the idea, Steve.

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