Guide to MGM Grand House Way for Pai Gow Poker

MgM grand Pai gow

The MGM Grand Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. The MGM Grand is the largest single hotel in the United States with 6,852 rooms. It is also the third-largest hotel complex in the world by the number of rooms and second-largest hotel resort complex in the United States behind the combined The Venetian and The Palazzo. When it opened in 1993, the MGM Grand was the largest hotel complex in the world.

Owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, the 30-floor main building includes five outdoor pools, rivers, and waterfalls convention center, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, and the Grand Spa. It also houses numerous shops, night clubs, restaurants and the largest casino in Clark County.

Located on the Tropicana – Las Vegas Boulevard intersection, pedestrians are not allowed to cross at street level. Instead, the MGM Grand is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighboring casinos: to the south across Tropicana Avenue, the Tropicana, and to the west across the Strip, New York-New York.

Games at MGM Grand

Pai Gow Poker

There are more than 2,500 machines for gaming as well as 139 poker and table games including Pai Gow.

The pokies machines at the MGM Grand range from 1¢ to $1,000 and include progressive pokies, video poker, and multi-game machines. There is a special High Limit pokies area, featuring pokies machines with payouts up to $500,000.

The race and sportsbook is a state-of-the-art betting area that features thirty-six 60-inch plasma TVs, along with twenty-four 42-inch plasmas. Bets are offered on a range of sports including soccer, football, boxing, MMA and more. They are also the first room to offer what they call “SkyBoxes”. These boxes can hold up to ten guests and come with beverage servers and complimentary food

MGM Grand House Way for Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker House Way

The following is the house way for the MGM Grand as mentioned by Wizard of Odds and taken from a document on the procedures of the game, dated 2002.

NO PAIR: Use the highest card in the high hand, then use the second and third highest as the low hand.

ONE PAIR: Always use the pair as the high hand and use the highest ranking cards for the low hand.

TWO PAIRS: Pairs will be broken into three groups (when splitting, always play the lowest pair in the front hand).

  • 2’s thru 6’s — Low Pair
  • 7’s thru 10’s — Medium Pair
  • Jacks thru Aces — High Pair

Play the two pair as follows:

  • LOW PAIR — MEDIUM PAIR: Split unless holding an Ace, then play two pair in high hand.
  • LOW PAIR — HIGH PAIR: Split unless holding an Ace, then play two pair in high hand.
  • MEDIUM PAIR — MEDIUM PAIR: Split unless holding an Ace, then play two pair in high hand.
  • MEDIUM PAIR — HIGH PAIR: Always split.
  • HIGH PAIR — HIGH PAIR: Always split.

THREE PAIRS: Always play the highest pair for the low hand.

THREE-OF-A-KIND: Always keep, unless Aces, then play one of the Aces for the low hand.

(TWO) THREE-OF-A-KIND:  Play Pair of the highest Three-of-a-Kind for the low hand.

MgM grand casino Pai gow poker house way


WITH NO PAIR: When given a choice to play either a straight, flush, straight flush or royal flush, play the category which will allow the highest two cards to be played on the low hand.

WITH ONE PAIR: Play pair in front hand if a straight, flush, straight flush or royal flush can be preserved in high hand. With Ace or Joker and pair of 10’s, Jacks, Queens or Kings — play Ace or Joker in front hand and pair in high hand, unless a straight or flush can be maintained with an Ace in the low hand.

WITH TWO PAIR: Use two pair rule. (With two low pair, play straight or flush unless you can play two low pair in the high hand with at least an Ace in the low hand. )

WITH THREE PAIR: Use three pair rule.

WITH THREE-OF-A-KIND: Play pair in front hand.

WITH FULL HOUSE: Use full house rule. Example: (A Heart, Joker, J Heart, J Spade, J Club, K Heart, 2 Heart, play: Ace, Joker/J, J, J, K, 2)

  • Three-of-a-Kind and pair: Always split and play pair in front hand. Exception: When the hand contains a pair of 2’s, an Ace, King and Three-Of-A-Kind, you will play A, K as low hand and the pair of 2’s and three-of-a-kind (full house) in the high hand.
  • Three-of-a-Kind and two pair: Play highest of the pairs in front hand.
  • Three-of-a-Kind and Three-of-a-Kind: Play highest of Three-Of-A-Kind as a pair in front hand.


  • 2’s thru 6’s: Never split, play in high hand.
  • 7’s thru 10’s: Split unless an Ace can be played in the front hand, then keep four in high hand.
  • Face Cards and Aces: Always split.


  • Always play Four-of-a- Kind in the high hand. (The only exception will be four Aces which will always be split.)
  • Four Aces and a pair: split four Aces, except if you have a pair of Kings and four Aces in back.

FIVE ACES: Always split and play two Aces in front hand. The only exception will be if you also have a pair of Kings in front and five Aces in back.

Points to note:

  • The bank cannot set an automatic loser!
  • The “A-2-3-4-5” is the second highest straight.
  • The Joker will be used as an Ace or may be used to fill a straight, flush, straight flush or a royal flush.

    When the Joker is used to fill a Flush, the Joker will be used as the highest value card not already held in the hand. Example: Ace, Joker, King, 7, 5 will be played as Ace, King (Joker=”Queen”) 7, 5 in the flush.