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Pai Gow dominos or tiles is said to be the hardest casino game to learn. Although the ranking of the hands is rather involved the concept of the game is quite simple. Once you get over the learning curve pai gow is a lot of fun, has a low house edge, and your money should last a long time at the table. This variation of the original ancient game is different than the Pai Gow Poker variation. For information on this visit our Pai Gow Poker School.

Pai Gow, roughly translates to "make nine". It is an intriguing game brought to Nevada from the Orient. The Chinese have been betting on Pai Gow for centuries. Today Pai Gow can be found in casinos that attract a strong Asian clientele. It may be hard to find in Las Vegas but usually every casino has it in Atlantic City. The Taj Majal, for example, has three pai gow tables.

The game is played with three-dimensional cards or dominoes. The dealer shuffles the dominoes, and then rolls three dice. The total of the dice determines which player receives the first set of dominoes. Four dominoes are dealt to each player, each vacant player position on the table, and to the dealer. Each player creates two hands with the four dominoes: a high hand and a second high hand.

Pai Gow is played with a set of 32 Chinese Dominoes. The dominoes are a bit larger and a bit thicker than American Dominoes. In addition, the pips for the number 1 and the number 4 are in red, the rest are in white. This has no significance to the game, however, it is merely following the tradition of Chinese Dice, which are red on the 1 and 4.

The object of the game is to create two hands which are higher than the bank hand. If both hands are higher than the bank hands, the player wins. If one hand is higher and the other is lower, it is a tie. If both of the player's hands are lower then the bank hands, the player loses. Both the dealer and the players take turns being the bank. The bank is rotated after each round of play.

On request, the house dealer will explain the rankings and assist you in arranging your hands, but is not responsible for wins or losses. Payoffs are even money, and the house collects a 5% commission on all winning wagers. After playing a few hands, the game is actually quite easy to understand.


Asian Games School Lessons
Lesson 1: Sic Bo History
Learn about this Chinese dice game
Lesson 1: Pai Gow History
Learn about this ancient Chinese tile game.
Lesson 1: Pai Gow Poker History
Find out how Pai Gow tiles evolved into Pai Gow Poker and got to north America.
Lesson 2: Sic Bo Rules and Betting
The general game and how to bet
Lesson 2: Pai Gow Rules
How to play this intriguing game.
Lesson 2: Pai Gow Poker Rules
Learn the rules of play for this Poker hybrid.
Lesson 3: Pai Gow Poker Tips
Once you have the basic, see how to play like a pro.
Lesson 3: Pai Gow Pairs
The pairs detailed and explained.
Lesson 3: Sic Bo Tips and Probabilities
Rules of thumb to play smart Sic Bo
Lesson 4: Pai Gow Tips and Strategy
Important pointers and advice.
Lesson 4: Pai Gow Poker Probabilities
What are the payouts like and how likely is it to get a winning hand? Find out here.
 
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