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Pai Gow downtown questions

Discussion in 'Downtown Hotels & Casinos' started by MikeOPensacola, Dec 28, 2014.

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  1. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

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    I've never played Pai Gow but I want to give it a try on my next trip. I have several questions about the downtown Pai Gow scene for those who are familiar with it.

    1. What kind of table minimums should I expect?
    2. Are the rules pretty much the same at all downtown casinos, or should I steer my play towards certain casinos and avoid others?
    3. I've checked out the Wizzard of Odds site but would like to read a book about Pai Gow. Any recommendations?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

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  2. jaybert

    jaybert Low-Roller

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    Pai gow (tiles) or Pai gow poker (cards)? I think you're only allowed to play the tiles if you're from Asia and don't speak English...

    Basic strategy for the cards is pretty easy / can always ask the dealer what the house way to set your hand should be.
     
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    1. The Pai Gow Poker tables I see tend to be 10$ during the day and go up at night. I know the one at the D is very busy most the time, and it can be difficult to get in there during prime time.
    2. Only rule changes are the variety of bonus and whether you're allowed to bank. There's a bonus at the D I haven't seen anywhere else (3 card/7card)
    3. Never heard of a Pai Gow Poker book.

    I've never seen Pai Gow Tiles downtown.
     
  4. Dtyst1

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    1. Expect to find $10 tables everywhere. I've heard El Cortez recently took out their table, which was usually $5.
    2. If your looking for side bets, then every casino seems to have something a little bit different. If you are looking to bank, avoid The D.
    With that said, The D's side bet is such that the exact 7 cards you will receive won't be determined by the shuffling machine. Its a bit complicated to explain if you've never sat at a Pai-Gow Poker table before, but most tables having an automatic shuffler that spits out 7 cards at a time and knows which spot has which 7 cards and how the house would set the hand.
    3. The Wizards site is an excellent resource for learning the game. I don't know of any books specifically written about Pai-Gow that will give you more or better info than that site and that site's practice simulator.
     
  5. LinLV

    LinLV Low-Roller

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    Try the simulator at the wizard of odds' website. It's a great practice tool! When you're in Vegas and you're not sure on how to play a specific hand, you can always ask the dealer, they'll help you!
    Have fun playing pai gow! I love the game: most of the times you can play for a long time without losing too much.
     
  6. marksind

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    The Downtown Grand was the last to have a $5 Pai Gow table. They are now $10 minimum. Their twist is "no commission." The trade off is that if the dealer's top (low) hand has a 9 high, it beats whatever you have for a top hand. That means that the best you can do is tie (by winning the high, or bottom, hand). It's a goofy twist that they make no effort to explain until it happens. You can make a "Tiger" side bet, which is that the dealer will have a 9-high top hand. It pays 30 to 1, which seems like a pretty cra*py payoff. There's also the standard Fortune side bet.

    El Cortez did indeed get rid of their table. The D's is probably the most active $10 table downtown, but they only have one and its often busy. The music is often too loud for our taste as well.
     
  7. dukeofdarby

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    mss has 1 table usually at 10$----usually filled-----dealers were friendly -----
     
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