4 Reasons To Play Pai Gow Poker On Multiplier Days

If you don’t have that BIG bankroll for that points multiplier day, I suggest you learn to play Pai Gow Poker. Here are 4 Reasons To Play Pai Gow Poker On Multiplier Days.

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What is Pai Gow Poker?

Pai Gow Table

Pai gow poker (also called double-hand poker) is played with playing cards instead of traditional Pai Gow’s Chinese dominoes. The game was created in 1985 in the United States by Sam Torosian and is played with a standard 52-card deck, plus a single joker. Here are 4 reasons why I prefer to play Pai Gow Poker for any status or point multiplier days at the casino.

#1 – The Game Has a Slow PacePai Gow Poker On Multiplier Days

Pai Gow Poker is a relatively slow-paced game, with 40% of the hands ends up in a push, slowing the game down. More time gives you more hands for your bankroll for multiplier Days to use the multiplier to your advantage. In general, it also helps your ADT since time played is an essential part of it.

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Besides, all seven hands for the six players and the dealer at a Pai Gow Poker game are always dealt, whether the seats are filled or you’re the only player. Playing by yourself doesn’t speed the game up as other table games do. (Ex, BlackJack)

#2 – Low House Edge Helps The Bankroll Last Longer

The normal house edge for Pai Gow Poker is around 2.5%, and as mentioned previously, 40% of the hands end up in a push. If 30 hands are dealt per hour, only 18 of them end up with a win or a loss. If you’re betting $25 per hand (typical table minimum these days), your expected loss rate is only $11.25 per hour.

The casino is quite aware of the game’s low house edge. But remember, time played is an essential part of keeping or raising your ADT.

#3 – A Different Type of Camaraderie

Every player plays against the same dealer hand, which causes the table to win or lose together, resulting in a fun and social game. Players enjoying watching others have high-ranking hands or hoping for a low hand by the dealer. A pleasant social atmosphere at the table makes the time needed for playing big on a multiplier day go by easier.

#4 – Less Stress – 4 Reasons To Play Pai Gow Poker On Multiplier Days

While Pai Gow Poker can tend to be a grind sometimes, there is less pressure on players when they sit out a hand. For example, it is an option for any player to act as “the banker.” This means that his hand takes the place of the dealer’s to beat. I always pull my bets back. I’m not superstitious, but I make it appear to be, thus giving me an extra hand credited in my rating by the pit boss without a wager.

Also, you can take all the time you need to set your hand. After everyone’s hand is set (a low 2-card hand and a high 5-card hand), a player can ask the dealer, another player, or all players for that matter (even the pit boss) for suggestions to set your two hands. This also slows the game’s pace but not necessarily effects the expected hands per table average for your rating.

Summary

I find Pai Gow Poker to be a fun game. I find it a great way to have a big play on multiplier days. And, I have two additional snippets of advice for an even better play.

Tip your Pai Gow Poker dealers. Image Courtesy of Wizard of Odds.
  • First, tip the dealer. In this game, more than others, the dealer can help raise your rating. The pit bosses repeatedly ask the dealers for information on everyone’s play. It can mean the difference between a rating of $25 or even $50, depending on how you take care of your dealer. I prefer to play for the dealer instead of tipping. I will put a $5 chip above my hands, so the dealer plays with me, depending on my hand. Now, the dealer and I are a team. You’d be surprised how more friendly they can be with you. Remember, that chip could stay out there for many hands because of the number of hands with pushes.
  • Second, best be aware of the correct strategy for setting a hand with two pairs. It will save your bankroll.
  • Finally, don’t be suckered into the side bets. Yes, the Fortune side bet can be fun, and the progressive bonus can be very lucrative if you’re lucky, but keep to just your ante and keep the house edge on its low side.

Remember my New Year’s resolution – “Play Bigger, but Play Less Often.” You might try Pai Gow Poker next time.

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