Tighten up Your Pai Gow Skills for Casino Play

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Pai Gow is likely a name that you have heard before, especially if you happen to have gone to a casino anytime recently. Pai Gow Poker is a popular game in many of the western casinos of the world and because of that the name Pai Gow has been injected into the western popular culture to the point where anyone that has been gambling will likely recognize the game.

However, Pai Gow Poker is a game based on another game. The rules for the game are very similar to this other game and because of that Pai Gow Poker is not really an original game. It is based on a game called Pai Gow which is played not only in China and the surrounding area, but also in specialty casinos in Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. It is played with a group of tiles known as Chinese dominoes.

Chinese Dominoes

Chinese dominoes are similar to the dominoes that are used in the west. At the same time however, it is important to realize that there are differences between the two sets of tiles that make each one unique not only in its orientation but also in the ways in which it can be used. There are 32 different tiles in a set of Chinese dominoes and within those tiles there are combinations with numbers ranging from one to six.

There are also suits that divide the different tiles into military tiles and civilian tiles and each different tile also happens to have a rough translation into English based on a popularized Chinese name for it. For example, the 6-6 tile in set of Chinese dominoes is known as tin in Chinese, which translates to heaven in English. Think of these names as being similar in creation to the nicknames that different starting hole card hands in Texas Hold ‘Em have.

Chinese dominoes are used for much more than just Pai Gow and have been in Chinese popular culture for a lot longer than what we know of as dominoes have been around. Pai Gow is the most popular game played using Chinese dominoes.

Playing the Game

In a basic sense, the Pai Gow game is played in a way that sees phases for setting up the game, playing the game and scoring the game. The game in Pai Gow starts out with woodpiles that are created by stacks of four tiles (eight in total) that are shuffled before the betting round takes place. After the betting round, players get a chance to make two hands of two tiles after being dealt four tiles with the lower hand being the front hand and the higher hand being the back hand. In order to win, a player must have both of their hands beat the dealer’s respective hands. If one wins and one loses the hand is a push and if both lose the player loses their bet. In this way, Pai Gow played with Chinese dominoes is very similar to Pai Gow Poker.

March 16, 2011 by : posted in Land Based Casino News No Comments