Last Updated: September 5, 2019

Pai Gow Tiles House Way for New Zealand

Interpretation

In this document, "Harmony 3" refers to the value of a hand consisting of two tiles where:

• The hand as a point count of 3; and
• The higher ranking individual tile in the hand has a ranking of High 4

Pairs

• With two ranking pairs, play the two pairs as two hands.
• Never split the following pairs:
• Fours
• Fives
• Sixes
• Tens
• Elevens

• Split

• Gee Jun: split with

• 6&6 (non-pairing)
• 6 and 5
• 6 and 4

• Teen or Day: split with

• 9 and 11
• 9 and 8
• 9 and 7
• 9 and 6
• 9 and 5
• 9 and 4

• 8 and 8 (non-pairing)
• 8 and 7
• 8 and 6
• 8 and 5
• 8 and 4

• 7 and 7 (non-pairing)
• 7 and 6
• 7 and 5
• 7 and 4

• 6 and 6 (non-pairing)
• 6 and 5
• 6 and 4

• Nines: split with

• Teen and Day
• Teen/Day and 10
• 10 and 10 (non-pairing)

• Eights: split with

• Teen and Day
• Teen/Day and 11
• Teen/Day and 10
• 11 and 10
• 11 and 9
• 10 and 10 (non-pairing)

• Sevens: split with

• Teen and Day
• Teen/Day and 11
• Teen/Day and 10
• 11 and 10
• 10 and 10 (non-pairing)

Wongs, Gongs, and High Nines

• If no pair is possible, play Wong, Gong, or High Nine.
• Play High Nine, Gong, or Wong in that order, providing Harmony 3 or better is achieved in the low hand.
• Play Wong, Gong, or High Nine in that order if Harmony 3 or better is not achieved in the low hand.

General Rules

• Maximize the point count of the low hand providing the low hand achieves Harmony 3 or better.
• If it is not possible to set the low hand at Harmony 3 or better, then maximize the point count of the high hand providing a high and of 8 or better can be achieved.
• If a high hand of 8 or better cannot be achieved, then maximize the point count of the low hand.

High Ranking Tiles

• If possible, when the low hand is 7 or less, play the highest ranking tile in the low hand; however if there is a choice, do not play the 2 highest ranking tiles in the same hand.
• If possible, when the low hand is 8 or better, play the highest ranking tile in the high hand; however, if there is a choice, do not play the 2 highest ranking tiles in the same hand.
• However, if the house is seeking to maximize the point count of the high hand, strengthen the high hand by adding the highest ranking tile.
• If there is a Teen in one hand and Day in the other, play the Teen in the high hand unless the two remaining tiles are:
• 4/5 or
• 10/11

in which event, play the Teen in the low hand.

Exceptions to General Play

• Where the four tiles are 6, 7, 11 and any non-pairing tile, maximize the low hand even if Harmony 3 or better is not achieved in the low hand.
• Where a hand can be played as either 8/8 or 7/9 in the low and high hands (respectively), play it as 7/9 unless one of the tiles is Low 10.

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