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Last Updated: September 5, 2019

# Pai Gow Tiles House Way from the Taj Mahal

## Introduction

The following is the Taj Mahal house way for pai gow tiles. If more than one rule applies, use the one listed first.

## Pair Rules

A. Never split the following pairs (4, 5, 6, 10, 11).

B. Split Gee Joon with 6-4, 6-5, or 6-6.

C. Split 2s and 12s to make 6/8 or better, and when the other two tiles are 9 and 11.

D. Split 9s with any combination of 2, 10, and 12 tiles.

E. Split 8's with any combination of 2, 10, 11, or 12 tiles. Also split with 9 and 11.

F. Split 7s with any combination of 2, 10, 11, or 12 tiles, including at least one 2 or 12.

## Wong, Gong, and High Nine Rules

Play a high nine (high tile 2 or 12), gong, or wong whenever possible.

If given the choice of the 2 or 12 tile, use the 12.

Given the choice, play high nine first, then gong, then wong. However, if doing so results in a low 3 (where high tile is less than High 6) or less, then maximize the high hand. There is an exception to this exception, as follows.

With 2 or 12, 9, 8, and low 4, play 3/gong.

## Two Small Tiles Rule

Play two small tiles together if they add up to 7, 8, or 9 points. If more than one way is possible, play the lowest high hand in that range, except with both 2 and 12, play the 12 in the high hand. Following are the exceptions.

A. Play 2 and 12 together with 4+10, 4+11, 5+10, 5+11, 6+10, and 6+11.

B. Play 6/6 with 2 or 12, 4, 5, and 11.

C. Play 12 in the low hand with 2, 12, and 4+5, 4+6, or 10+11.

## Balancing Rule

Balance the two hands as much as possible. Following are the exceptions.

A. Play high 7/9 with high 4, low 4, 5, gee.

B. Play high 3/9 with high 4, low 4, 5, 9.

C. Play the high 9 with high 4, low 4, 5, and any 6, 7, or low 8.

D. Play the high 9 with high 6, low 6, gee, and any 4 or 5.

E. Maximize the high hand with high 6, low 6, 11, and any 4, 5, or Gee.

F. Play the 8-point high hand with high 6, low 6, 2 or 12, and 4 or 5.

G. Play the high 8 in the high hand with high 8, low 8, high 4, and 6 or 7.

H. Play 4/high 5 with high 8, low 8, high 6, any 7.

I. Maximize the high hand with high 10, low 10, 11, and any 6/7/8/9.

J. Play the high 10 in the high hand with high 10, low 10, high 6, and 7/low 8/9.

K. Play the high 10 in the high hand with high 10, low 10, low 8, 9.

L. Play the 9-point high hand with Gee, low 6, 7, and 4 or 5.

M. Play high 8 and 11 in the high hand with high 8, 11, high 10, and any 6/7/low 8.

N. Play high 8 and 11 in the high hand with high 8, 11, low 10, and any 7 or low 8.

## Unwritten Rule

Finally, there is an unwritten rule (until now) that the house will never play a hand where an alternative benefits both the high and the low. For example, consider the following hand.

Rule 1C would suggest that the pair should be split to make 6/8. However, both the high and low are improved by playing 7/teen pair. The unwritten rule 4 would thus override rule 1C.

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