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THE HISTORY AND STRATEGY OF PAI GOW


  • Date: March 31, 2016

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From centuries-old Chinese gaming halls to the poker floor at Spirit Mountain, Pai Gow has long been a top casino attraction around the world. Before you dive into this ancient game, get the basics on what you need to know to come out on top.

Spirit Mountain Pai Gow: An Overview
If you’re a poker fan, you’ll be in good company at the Pai Gow table. Spirit Mountain Casino offers an Americanized version of the ancient game and replaces dominoes with a 52-card deck plus a single joker. Players are dealt seven cards, which they’ll divide into two poker hands - one with two cards, the other with five - to beat the banker. There are a few outcomes to remember:

If both of your hands beat the banker’s, you’re the winner.
If your hand ties with the banker, the banker wins
If you win one hand and lose the next, it’s a push and no money is exchanged


Pai Gow Strategy to Give You an Edge
Like most poker games, the strategy is what makes Pai Gow such a fun Spirit Mountain attraction. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you dive into the game:

Take the Opportunity to be the Banker
If you have enough money wagered to cover all the other players’ and the house’s bets, you can take on the role of Banker. The odds are stacked in the Banker’s favor, which increases your chance of winning.
 
Be Smart About How You Split Your Hands
Take your time when you decide how to divide your seven cards into two hands. Your five-card hand should always be your highest hand, with the two-card hand following.
 
Know the House Way
Know the house way to set your hand - and remember that you can always ask the dealer how to set it!
 
Split Your Aces
If you have a pair of aces, split them up.
 
No Flush, Straight, or Pair? Choose Plan B
If you’re without the trifecta of top ranking hands, put your highest card with your five-card hand, and include the second highest card on your two-card hand.


With its slow pace, laid-back attitude, and strategy-driven structure, Pai Gow is a great choice for players who want to pair skill and a stroke of good fortune. Join us at the table at Spirit Mountain, and bring your strategy and lucky streak with you!

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