Pai Gow Online Poker: How to Play

Pai Gow Online Poker: How to Play

On this page you will discover Pai Gow Poker Online, an interesting variant of Online Poker, where you have to combine luck and skill. The Pai Gow Poker Online, in fact, is the fusion between the Pai Gow (pastime of the Chinese tradition which means “make nine”) and Poker

One of the main reasons that made the success of Pai Gow Poker Online skyrocket in a very short time (it started to be appreciated in the United States around 1985, after being included among the gaming proposals in Las Vegas) is the risk relatively low loss suffered by the player. But let’s discover all its features together!

Although the two games are very similar, Online Poker and Pai Gow Online Poker have some fundamental differences:

  • First of all, during a game of Pai Gow Poker, each player is assigned a hand with 7 hole cards instead of a hand with 2 hole cards, as in Texas Hold’em, or with 5 cards, in the case of Classic Poker ;
  • The pace of games at Pai Gow Poker is slower than in the other versions;
  • The deck of cards that is used in Pai Gow Poker Online includes only one Joker and not two, unlike classic Poker;
  • In this version of the game, it is not possible to bluff because the heads up is not between the various players at the table but between the player and the dealer.

To start a game of Pai Gow Poker, you need to use a 52-card French deck plus a Joker. Cards have their face value, with the exception of the Joker which can only be used as an Ace or to complete a Straight, Flush or Straight Flush. The maximum number of players seated at the Pai Gow Poker table is six players plus the dealer.

At the start of the game, the players place their bets; subsequently, the dealer deals seven cards to each of them. All bettors sitting at the table must divide the 7 cards received into two piles, a hand of five cards and one of two, and bet on the possibility that those two sets of cards are better than those of the dealer: only in this way can he win. The draw, in fact, only wins the bet to the dealer. The five card hand is generally known as the High Hand , while the two card hand is called the Low Hand . The five-card hand must have a higher value than the low one in order to play.

Online casinos generally give you the option to settle the cards manually or automatically. If you prefer this second alternative, probably because you still feel inexperienced, click on House Way to select the option that will allow the system to sort your cards in two piles.

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Online Backgammon Strategy

Online Backgammon Strategy

As we have said in the course of this article, playing Backgammon and winning involves using a considerable amount of strategy. If you have decided to play Backgammon Online in a real money casino we recommend that you pay close attention to all phases of the game, each of them must be studied in detail. Furthermore, never forget to also pay attention to your opponent’s moves, to predict them but above all to also learn new strategies.

If you have never played, at home or for free online, real money online Backgammon might slightly confuse you. The casino version game is a lot of fun but it is only worthwhile if you are an experienced player to profit from the game and earn real money. If, on the other hand, you don’t feel confident enough to play for money you can always learn how to play at the online casino by practicing the various free trial versions that some casinos offer, or download a game for free and train. In addition, on the app stores of your smartphones you can find an incredible offer of Backgammon Online games and apps to download for free or with some small contribution. Finally, many casinos offer their free app to play the mobile version.

Traditionally, Backgammon is played by two people using a specially designed board for playing with a pair of dice and 15 checkers. It can be played for free as well as for real money; the choice is entirely up to you.

Some versions of Backgammon Online have a skill-based player ranking system so you can find a good match with an equally skilled opponent, while others simply open the game to everyone without ranking the players. This option obviously has pros and cons. In the first case, among the pros there is certainly the fact of being able to compete with players with the same skills, as against that unfortunately there is the risk of always getting stuck in that level without learning new strategies. The same also occurs in the version without classification, where a novice player can immediately find a very strong opponent who can also negatively affect his playing experience. But on the other hand, the positive fact is that a player who wants to move forward can certainly learn from the defeats and strategies used by the strongest opponents. However, both methods are valid for acquiring more familiarity and skill.

Most of the sites also offer individual matches and tournaments. The tournaments select match after match the two players who fight for the final and to win the prize. As it works for poker, where there is a great world-famous tournament for players from all over the world the so-called WSOP, Online Backgammon also has its WSOB, or the World Series of Backgammon, where the winner takes home a good prize pool.

Of course, there are no differences in terms of rules between Online Backgammon and that played at home, but what makes them different is precisely the possibility of playing with always different opponents from all over the world.

In the home version you can always find yourself playing with the same people, with the risk that your skills and strategies do not undergo an improvement but always remain the same. Online instead, as we have seen, you can play with any type of player, both experienced and not, coming from any part of the world. This certainly offers an edge to a good Online Backgammon player, because it stimulates his skills (even others that go beyond the game, for example learning a language) and his gaming experiences.

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