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Pai Gow Poker

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Pai Gow Poker

Where are the best casino to play Pai Gow poker. What are Caesar's properties minimums, side bets bets? Odds on side bets? Long term poker player but on a budget. Just discovered Pai Gow and seems to be something you can play a while with low house advantage? One thing not sure on side bet. If you split a flush or FH, do you still get win for bonus?

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Just topping, as Im not a Pai Gow player. I will say its very big in the California Casinos, whereas you might just see 1 or 2 games(often empty tables) per casino in Vegas

Maybe the odds are better in CA?

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At most places you can break up a hand like a straight, flush, full house, and will still be paid the bonus. The game itself, and the 5% commission is the same everywhere. If there are any differences it would be in the bonus or side bets. I can't help with CET properties because I don't gamble in any of them, as they are too expensive for me.

Missika: The odds are the same in California, but the cost is not. It is illegal to charge the very high 5% commission in California, so they charge per hand instead, usually $1 per hand. This makes a HUGE difference when betting larger amounts. Also in California players take the bank where in Las Vegas that is very rare, so you are playing against the house.

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ktinca

Thank you for that information

btw: Which(if any) casinos are best for Baccarat?

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Pai gow is one game I've wanted to try. There is such a thing as "house way" that varies by casino, which I'm still trying to figure out. Some say the house way varies so little, it's not worth considering. But like any new game, I'll not attempt it until I thoroughly know it.

wizardofodds.com is a good source.

Edited: 06 May 2012, 21:51
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I do not play baccarat, but I am pretty sure the game is played exactly the same way everywhere as far as payoffs go. Where you will find differences would be the size of minimum bets.

BUT I do know that Gold Coast is mini-baccarat heaven. On most weekenights they have at least a dozen tables with $5 or $10 minimums in play. That is not a typo, they have $5 minimum tables.

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You want to look for a "Fortune Pai Gow" table in order to be able to set your hand anyway you want and still be paid for the bonus. If you have a question just ask the dealer--they are more than happy to help you.

I love Pai Gow and usually play it at CET properties because the MGM ones are generally higher minimums. You can play from $1 and up on your bonus bet. You have to bet at least $5 to share in the fortune bonus if anyone hits anything big. Have fun--its one of my favorite games!

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There are several different bonus bets. As far as I know, all that have payouts for flush/full house/etc pay regardless of how you set your hand.

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Thanks all for the info!

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I was going to say, Ktinca is the PGP god :) But I will weigh in as well, the best place to play PGP is going to be off strip or downtown. We used to play primarily at the Fortune PG table at the Fitz (now the) but we have not been since the management change (headed out in 16 days). Also Binions and the El Co downtown have a similar set up/rules/house way. In the past the Fitz/D and El Co have had a $5 all the time, whereas the Binion's tables are $5 during the day and $10 in the evenings - $1 bonus bets and insurance minimum where applicable,

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10. Re: Pai Gow Poker

Who has just the basic game, without all the bonus or fortune bets? Or does that even make a difference?