Paigow Game without cards
This Paigow Game lesson describes the version without cards and brings
the number of lessons about paigow to a total of 5 found at the GT Learn
We begin with the
history that includes a Chinese Emperor, boredom and some fashioned
domino-tiles used to create a very entertaining and popular game.
Ancient China has given us many gems and this game happens to
be one of them.
It is an indoor game played with wooden tiles and dominoes that the
paigow game is played all over the world today, especially the card
in Vegas casinos, as it is simple to understand and learn.
The word Pai is Cantonese and in the days
of old was used to stand for both cards as well as dominoes as
the Chinese used dominoes or leaves for the present day card games.
Dominoes are after all, a pair of dice.
These days, Paigow is an ambiguous term used both for the card game as
well as the dominoes game.
paigow game is similar to poker but very different from the card
game that was developed only to scoff at gambling laws.
first came into public notice in March 1993 due to an episode of the
same name in the popular TV Series Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, where
the main characters Caine and Peter probe the death of a number of
players in a high stakes Paigow tourney.
Paigow Game: Rules
the rules is fairly easy. Paigow simply means to
, implying that if you intend to win, you have to get a
score as close to 9 as possible.
Points are counted up to nine
after which the modulus 10 rule applies with subsequent numbers
starting again from 1. The woodpile is four tiles long in height and
eight tiles wide in length.
The dice are thrown thrice, the
numbers added up and counted counter clockwise from the bank to
determine which player would be the first one to draw a hand. Players
get a four tiles stack.
At the start, the banking authority
resides with the house but as ones play progresses, the bank is passed
around to other players in counter clockwise direction. A player can
refuse to take on the bank.
The dealing is elaborate and is
generally referred to as Paigow Cuts. The game can have up to eight
players, one being the banker. Later, any number of onlookers can chip
player has two hands in the game. This is done by dividing the four
tiles into sets of two. The usual chips are used as stakes--at homes as
the fake currency and at banks as the real currency that can be cashed
Paigow game is won when a player’s high hand beats the bank’s high
and the player’s low hand beats the bank’s low hand.
only one of the hands of a player outranks the bank, the game is drawn
and the player gets his/her money back. If both the bank’s hands
outrank the player’s hand then he/she loses the game.
Once all the
players have examined their tiles and placed their stakes, other people
can participate by chipping in their stakes alongside the players. If
the banker so wishes, an upper limit might be set for the stakes.
The fun begins now with the players exposing their high hands in
counter clockwise direction from the bank. The bank then reveals its
Next, the players show their low hands and so does the bank.
the bank or a player has to outrank the other on both the hands to win
Another scenario involves a draw with two players winning a
hand each. The bank pays these players plus the onlookers who had bet
with these players, on the lines of their stakes. The game continues
additional rounds with the player to the banker’s right taking over the
bank in subsequent rounds.
Paigow Game Strategies:
Tips to win
this skill game are few and simple. Even one point is enough to beat
the bank’s hand, so pairing up the good tiles for a strong high hand
and leaving the weak tiles for a low hand will only result in a draw.
Balance out the tiles properly and win the game.
Look out for the
unmatched pairs that might give you a winner. If you get a [6-6] or
[1-1], play them with tiles totaling 7, 8 or 9.
Just make sure you make the required 9 and you will be good to play!
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