Pai Gow is an intriguing game brought to Nevada from China. The game is played with three-dimensional cards or dominoes. The dealer shuffles the dominoes, and then rolls three dice. The total of the dice determines which player receives the first set of dominoes. Four dominoes are dealt to each player, each vacant player position on the table, and to the dealer. Each player creates two hands with the four dominoes: a high hand and a second high hand.
The object of the game is to create two hands which are higher than the bank hand. If both hands are higher than the bank hands, the player wins. If one hand is higher and the other is lower, it is a tie. If both of the player’s hands are lower then the bank hands, the player loses. Both the dealer and the players take turns being the bank. The bank is rotated after each round of play.
On request, the house dealer will explain the rankings and assist you in arranging your hands, but is not responsible for wins or losses. Payoffs are even money, and the house collects a 5% commission on all winning wagers. After playing a few hands, the game is actually quite easy to understand. Should you require additional information about the game of Pai Gow, brochures are available in the casino.