Basic Draw Poker

The discarded tiles are not placed back into the original stockpile, but into a separate pile at a distance. You cannot have a tie in Straight Sixes because there are only two ways to get this hand: This is really a weak form of Poker, transferred from cards to dominoes. A hand with any two doubles. It is an ancient game, thousands of years old, and steeped in tradition. Or you could pair tile A with tile D, in which case your front hand would be worth 3 and your rear hand would be worth 7. Before dealing the hands, each puts a small predetermined amount of money into the pot; this is his ante.

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Eleven of these pairs have identical tiles, and five of these pairs are made up of two tiles that score the same, but look different. The latter group includes the Gee June tiles, which can score the same, whether as three or six. If a hand is made up of a pair, it always scores higher than a non-pair, no matter what the value of the pips are. Pairs are often thought of as being worth 14 points each. When two pairs are compared, the higher-valued pair wins. This is not determined by the sum of their pips, but by aesthetics.

It must be memorized which pairs score more than other pairs. The highest pairs are the Gee June tiles, the Teens, the Days, and the red eights.

The lowest scoring pairs are the mismatched nines, eights, sevens, and fives. But even the lowest-scoring pair will beat any non-pair. When one of a player's hands is compared to one of the dealer's hands, it sometimes happens that both will have the same score. For instance, a player may have a front hand worth one point, consisting of a tile and a tile, and the dealer may have a front hand also worth one point, made up of a tile and a tile. In these cases, determine which tile in each hand has a higher value, as determined by the pair rankings mentioned above.

In this case, the tile is in a higher-ranking pair than the tile, and the tile is in a higher-ranking pair than the tile. Again, the rankings of the pairs follows no obvious pattern and must be memorized.

Since the pair outranks the pair, the dealer would win this front hand. In the unusual case of a true tie, where the dealer's high tile would be in the same pair as the player's high tile, the dealer wins the tie. There are two exceptions to the method described above. First, although the Gee June tiles form the highest-ranking pair, they are considered to have no value when evaluating ties. Second, any zero-zero tie is won by the dealer, regardless of the tiles in the hand. The basic decision to be made in Pai Gow is how to arrange one's hands.

Given any four tiles, there are always three ways to arrange them into two hands although some arrangements may be functionally identical to others. Sometimes one way will be clearly superior to another, but at other times it is difficult to determine the best strategy. For instance, consider the four tiles at right. It would clearly be unwise to combine tile A with tile B, since each hand would be worth zero. It would make more sense to combine tile A with tile C, in which case both hands would be worth 5.

Or you could pair tile A with tile D, in which case your front hand would be worth 3 and your rear hand would be worth 7. Which is a better choice? If you think the dealer will have poor hands, such as a front of 1 and a rear of 6, you would want to pair tile A with tile D in order to maximize your chance of winning. If you are afraid the dealer may have a better hand, such as a front of 4 and a rear of 9, then you will want to pair tile A with tile C in order to maximize your chance of pushing.

You might also consider that pairing tile A with tile D will make it more likely that a tie would break in your favor. Players play the game with the double-one and all the blank-suited tiles removed from the domino set, which leaves only twenty tiles.

Hand rankings are different from playing-card Poker but the game still retains the bluffing aspect of the original game. Before each hand, players ante a predetermined fixed amount of money into the pot. Players usually agree on minimum and maximum raising limits on the amount ante'd into the pot. The dominoes are shuffled, facedown, then the dealer deals 5 tiles to each player that only they can look at. Players then in turn do one of the following things: Once a call has been made, players then expose their hands of tiles and the player with the highest ranked hand is the winner and takes the pot.

Hands rank from high to low as listed below. Copyright is retained on all text and illustrations. Domino Poker A domino version of the playing-card game Poker , played with a partial Double-Six domino set, by two, three or four players. This is only permitted on the initial first round of betting and simply means the player remains in the game without putting into the pot.

This means the player drops out of the game and takes no further part in play. Players who fold must not reveal their hand. This is only permitted on the initial first round of betting and means the player puts a wager amount into the pot.

This is when a player has put into the pot the same amount as the rest of the players still in play and all players reveal their hands. A player announces and puts in a greater amount of wager into the pot than all the other players have bet and any player who wants to stay in play must put in an equal amount or raise again with a greater amount.

Royal Hand or Invincible.

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