A Brief History
Traditional Pai Gow is deeply embedded in Chinese entertainment. It began as a gambling game employing 32 dominoes. In the 1980s, a casino owner swapped dominos for cards to create Pai Gow Poker. Loosely based on the traditional Chinese game, this card-playing version is one of the most popular poker attractions at Spirit Mountain.
Six players join the dealer at the table where they play with a 52-card deck plus one joker. Each player is dealt a seven-card hand. This is divided into two hands, one with five cards and the other with two. The goal is to defeat both of the hands of the banker, a role that is filled by either the dealer or one of the other players. Spirit Mountain uses a Shuffle Master machine to determine who serves as banker.
The standard poker rankings apply but players must make sure that the five-card hand has a greater value than the two-card hand. Once the players have arranged their hands, they play it against the banker’s.
How to Win
A player is a winner if both hands beat the banker; they’re a loser if the dealer/banker beats their hands. If one hand wins but the other loses, a push occurs. This means that no money is exchanged. If a player ties with the banker, the banker automatically wins.
Tips for Beginners
Savor Your Chance as the Banker
The banker’s chances of winning are much higher than the other players. However, the stakes are higher, as there’s the potential that you’ll have to cover the costs if all the other players beat you.
Understand the Rules
Pai Gow is an easy game for beginners to dive into, but it’s important to read up on the rules to increase your chances of winning.
Know How to Set Your Cards
If you set your cards incorrectly, you’ll automatically lose. Make sure to ask the dealer for placement tips before the hand is dealt.
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