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Table Games $5 Pai Gow?

Discussion in 'Table Games' started by Lloyd Christmas, Jan 21, 2024.

  1. Lloyd Christmas

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    Any chance anyone knows of any $5 pai gow games left in Las Vegas or are those a thing of the past? I am heading out in May and would love to sit and play for hours on end.
     
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    Might be a thing in the past. I have not seen $5 nor $10 Paigow on the strip casinos.
     
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    I haven’t seen $5 paigow anywhere since March 19th, 2020.
     
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  4. thegov2k2

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    At $10 you should still be able to play for hours on end. Try South Point.
     
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    Lowest I've seen on Strip was $15 at RW, but that was about a year or so ago. On the Strip I've only seen $25 or more. Report back if you find any low limits!
     
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    Which is exactly why they're gone.
     
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  7. NotFromConcentrate

    NotFromConcentrate It’s a Cassowary :)

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    Although Vegas Advantage does not publicly post the minimums by casino (you need a paid membership), there is some good info about the current state of Pai Gow in Vegas here: https://vegasadvantage.com/las-vegas-table-game-survey/pai-gow-poker/

    Main conclusions...

    1. No more $5 tables

    2. The table at Cannery (North Las Vegas) is apparently $10 now
     
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  8. Fipe

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    $15 is also available sometimes at the lower-end Caesars properties. Have not seen $10 anywhere on the strip.
     
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  9. mhetrick

    mhetrick Low-Roller

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    $5 Pai Gow has long gone. $10 is pretty much out the door also.

    I can confirm seeing $15 Pai Gow at CET properties on Strip, mainly during slow weekdays. Also played $15 at TI.

    A majority of casinos will only have Face Up Pai Gow now since that's a higher house advantage game with the A High push & no commissions. You can still find regular Pai Gow off strip at Boyd properties and locals.
     
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  10. thegov2k2

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    Unless you're a player heads-up against the dealer and banking every other hand, the house edge is actually lower than standard pai gow poker.

    https://wizardofodds.com/games/face-up-pai-gow-poker/
     
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  11. GeorgeJ.

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    Lower end CET casinos really have $15 Pai Gow with the multi-million $ progressive jackpots? My only problem with that is having to play $5 on the Progressive bet instead of $1..

    Surprisingly, I have not been losing much more playing $15 than $5 Pai Gow. Guess since the $15 days started, I must have been winning the main bet more often than I used to playing $5. Or when I win $15 on the main bet rather than $5 it means less in losses...I used to bring $1000 to play Pai Gow for 2 days; since the minimum bids were bumped up I started bringing $1500, just in case. Like when I played the High Card Flush game at M and dropped $400 in about 15 minutes..that doesn't happen with Pai Gow..takes more like a half hour to drop $100 with $15 Pai Gow..
     
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    South Point has plenty of $10 Face Up Pai Gow.
     
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  13. Ol' Hoag

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    Hate the $5 progressive, but that's the way it is. We've found that if playing the carnival bets, even a $10 or $15 main bet is tough to tread water.
     
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    Do the Rio, Gold Coast or Palms have $10 or $15 Pai Gow? Palms used to have $10 but I can't recall if that was before or after Covid...I hope that the minimums are lower at Rio now that CET doesn't own it anymore...
     
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    South Point and Osheas(Linq) have the lowest minimum for carnie games.

    Seen a lot of $10 games including paigow and also $5 ultimate holdem.
     
  16. GeorgeJ.

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    With most casinos going to Face Up Pai Gow there is no banking anymore...have not been anywhere where you're allowed to bank at a Face Up table...it's gone..
     
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    Right. My point was that the house edge on Face Up is lower than the house edge at standard pai gow poker, unless one is banking regularly.
     
  18. Guy

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    In addition to all this talk of low minimums, is $5 the minimum for the Fortune/Envy side bet or does anywhere have it cheaper?
     
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    Most casinos I’ve been to (in Vegas and otherwise) have a $1 minimum on the Fortune and Ace High side bets, however if you bet less than $5 on the Fortune you’re ineligible for the Envy bonus. That’s why they give you that little Envy button when you’re betting over $5 on the Fortune- so they know to pay you on someone else’s qualifying hand (vs someone not playing at least $5 on the Fortune or not playing it at all) after they’ve already taken your bet away.

    I’ve never been to a casino anywhere where they give you the Envy bonus if you’re betting less than $5 on the Fortune. I HAVE been to casinos where the minimum on both the Fortune and Ace High side bets is $5 instead of $1- in Vegas I know Circa is one of them just off the top of my head.
     
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  20. GeorgeJ.

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    Sahara and one or two other casinos in Vegas only deal "Dealer Open Pai Gow" which is absolutely the crappiest Pai Gow game ever. There is no Progressive; just a crappy bet where a wheel is spun for a tiny payout (something like $5-40) if the dealer gets a King-high Pai Gow. Each player who has a dollar out on this bet gets the small amount that the wheel stops on. Where it stops also shows a seat number. If you are in that seat and have a dollar bet, you get to spin the wheel again for a second row of higher amounts, going from maybe $40 to the massive jackpot (typically it is about $100,000). I don't think I've ever gotten more than $40 when betting on this "progressive"..

    As far as "envy", they have a different name for the standard bonus bet. I don't believe that you get anything if betting $5 on it and someone else at the table gets a huge hand. So no "envy"...I may be wrong (not about no envy buttons) that you get nothing with a $5 bet. I'll check it out when I'm in Vegas later this week.

    So that's one more way that "Dealer Open" sucks for the player..