Pai Gow is an ancient game played with three dice, a shaker and 32 Chinese dominoes, also known as tiles, which form 16 possible pairs. The objective is to beat the Banker's two hands.
The dice determine who receives the first set of 4 dominoes. The Player must then arrange these into two hands of two. Each domino and pair of dominoes has a ranking. The Player must decide how to arrange his dominoes into the strongest possible pairs. If you cannot make any pairs then the next highest value of a hand is 9 (this is totaling the spots on the dominoes). Once all the players have set their tiles the Dealer will examine and reveal their dominoes.
The Dealer must set their hands to a certain criteria; this is called the ‘House Way’. If the Player wins both hands his bet pays even money less a 5% commission (19 to 20). If the Player loses both he loses his entire wager. If the hands split, one win and one loss, then the bet is a push/stand-off. If the Player and Dealer both have the same total, then the highest ranking domino wins the hand.
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