Did you know that there are 154,143,080 possible card combinations you can receive playing Pai Gow Poker? That’s not a typo. We literally meant over 154 million. The abundance of combinations means it’s relatively easy to beat the house playing Pai Gow Poker.
That’s why the house takes a 5% commission on a win, plus an addition 2.65% house edge fee to the banker. The reason for this isn’t just because of the 154 million combinations. It’s because there is a 2.55% chance that your low hand in Pai Gow Poker will match the dealer and there’s a 0.10% chance that your high hand will mirror the dealer’s hand.
Remember, in Pai Gow Poker your goal is to make the best 5-card hand and the best 2-card hand out of your seven cards dealt. Your 5-card hand must be better than your 2-card hand, and both hands must beat the dealer’s hands for you to win.
If you play the banker, the house edge drops to almost 0%. But as more people play hands against eh banker, the banker advantage climbs higher. When all six hands battle against the banker, the banker has an edge of 0.25%.
We’re getting a little complex with our numbers though. At the end of the day, you want to know hand probabilities when you play Pai Gow Poker. So, here are your odds of hitting the cards you want:
- High Card = 16.1% (1 in every 6.25 hands)
- Pair = 41.7% (1 in every 2.4 hands)
- Two Pairs = 23.1% (1 in every 4.35 hands)
- Three of a Kind = 4.8% (1 in 20 hands)
- Straight = 7.3% (1 in every 14.5 hands)
- Flush = 4.0% (1 in 25 hands)
- Full House = 2.7% (1 in 40 hands)
- Four of a Kind = 0.2% (1 in 500 hands)
- Straight or Royal Flush = 0.1% (1 in 1000 hands)
- Five Aces = 0.00075% (1 in 130,000 hands)
Remember, it’s possible to get fives aces because Pai Gow Poker is played with a 52-card deck of cards, plus a Joker. The Joker, however, isn’t a wild card. It only acts as an extra Ace.
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