How To Play Fortune Pai Gow Poker
Like any bet offered by a casino, Pai Gow side bets have a negative expectation–much more negative than the game of Pai Gow alone. Avoid them unless you feel like gambling even more than you already are. The house edge in Pai-Gow Poker depends on whether you’re banking or not. When you are banking and you play by the house way, you’re essentially playing with no house edge.
However, when you’re not banking, the house edge is about 2.9%. If the house allows co-banking, then the house edge comes out to about 1.4%. The vertical shaped rectangle with the H in the center is where the players place their 5 card High Hand. Pai-Gow Poker is a variation of Pai-Gow tiles,using a 53 card deck in place of the domino looking tiles.
Place your two hands on the table in their designated areas. The dealer shuffles his deck and then proceeds to deal seven stacks of seven cards each, face down in front of the dealer’s tray. The dealer checks that exactly four cards are left over, then places those cards in the discard holder.
Five aces pays 10% of the jackpot meter and players are eligible for other payouts as well. Players may also make a progressive wager on the dealer’s cards. Common Pai Gow Poker games charge 5% commission on winning wagers. With EZ Pai Gow Poker there is no commission charge, however, if the dealer’s hand is a Queen High Pai Gow, all the Pai Gow wagers on the table are considered a push. If a player’s two-card hand beats the banker but his five-card hand loses, or vice versa, the hand will be declared a “push”. If the player wins both of his hands, he will win against the banker.
The game is dealt exactly the same as the Standard Pai Gow Poker game without modifying Rivers’s “House Ways” for setting hands. There is an optional side wager called the Queen’s Dragon which pays 50 to 1 when the Dealer gets a Queen High Pai Gow. A Pai Gow is a seven card hand that does not have a pair or better. The winnings of each Player and the net winnings of the Player/Banker are subject to a 5% commission collected by the Dealer.
After all players have examined their cards, the dealer shall offer each player the option to place an additional Double Down Wager equal to the player’s Six-Card Fortune Pai Gow Poker Wager. After 6 cards have been dispensed and delivered to each position and the dealer, the dealer shall remove the remaining cards from the shoe and determine whether 11 cards are left by spreading them face down on the layout. To participate in a round of play and compete against the dealer’s high and low hands, a player shall place a Six-Card Fortune Pai Gow Poker Wager. The dealer shall then remove the lid covering the Pai Gow Poker shaker and place the uncovered shaker on the designated area of the table layout. The dealer shall then total the dice and announce the total. The player at the farthest position to the right of the dealer.