Bankroll and Betting Strategy
Although Pai Gow Poker has a larger house edge than Blackjack, Baccarat and Craps, since the game is played at a reasonable slow pace, even during a poor spell a large part of your bankroll will still be intact. Therefore, if you’re planning on spending a lot of time at the casino Pai Gow Poker is one of the most enjoyable games to play.
We recommend a bankroll of 40 times your base bet. This will allow you to weather a poor run of cards and still have chips remaining to take advantage of a hot streak. Seeing the Dealer (or banker) set up a series of weak hands is a great joy.
If you succeed in making a 100 percent profit, put aside your original stake and half of your profit. Wager with the remaining profit or you can lock it away too. Do not touch the money you have set aside. If you continue to win and you’d manage to double your bankroll, divide the profit in half again and lock the other half away. Continue with this trend as long as you can.
As with other negative-expectation casino games where the house holds an edge against you no betting system can beat the house edge. However, if you can convince players to bet big against you when you are the Banker, you have a better chance of winning in this game.
A decent system for retaining your bankroll especially when you are winning is to increase your bets modestly, continue to do so until lose, and then return to your base bet (bet you started with).
Remember, as the case is with most internet casino games except for Blackjack, the result of the previous hand has no relevance over the result of the next hand.
Most Pai Gow tables offer at least one side-bet opportunity. Side-bets are used by internet casinos to speed up the action and to encourage players to wager more. If one takes into account the probability and table odds for these side bets, one can clearly see that they favour the house in the main game.
We advise you to stay clear of sucker bets (your expected return is lower than your wagers). Pai Gow Poker offers loads of exitement that will even satisfy the most hyperactive gambler. If you decide to take part in side bets at the Pai Gow Poker table we suggest you keep all bets to the absolute minimum.