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Las Vegas Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker has become one of the most popular casino table games. It involves the player competing against the banker to make the better low and high hand than the house.

This is a slow-paced, relaxing game. The low number of hands dealt per hour and the number of pushes keep players in the game longer. Some consider it a great way to get comp drinks with little risk.

There are five types of Pai Gow Poker in Las Vegas. Each is a bit different. All is explained below, along with details of which casinos offer Pai Gow Poker.

Pai Gow Poker Variants in Las Vegas

Fortune Pai Gow

Fortune Pai Gow is based on the traditional version of the game. Players may bank this game. The button moves around the table.

Banking is optional. Winners pay a five percent commission on all wins.

Emperor’s Challenge Pai Gow

Emperor’s Challenge is another Pai Gow Poker variant that is based on the original game. Like Fortune, players may bank and pay a five percent commission on wins.

The difference between Fortune and Emperor’s Challenge is the side bets.

Pai Gow Plus

Pai Gow Plus is another classic variant.

It is essentially the original version of the game.

Face Up Pai Gow

Face Up Pai Gow now accounts for about two-thirds of the Pai Gow Poker installs in Las Vegas. That is an incredible feat considering the game did not exist a few years ago.

In Face Up Pai Gow, the dealer looks at the house hand before players act. If the dealer has an ace high pai gow, the hand pushes. If the dealer has any other hand, it is set face up and players set their hands accordingly.

This version turns a skill game into pure luck.

There is no commission on wins in Face Up Pai Gow. Players may not bank.

No Commission Pai Gow

This was the first version of Pai Gow Poker that eliminated the five percent commission on wins. The dealer pushes if the house has a queen high pai gow. Players may not bank. There is no commission on wins.

Best Las Vegas Casinos for Pai Gow Poker

There are many variables that go into what makes a Las Vegas casino the best one for Pai Gow Poker. Some players have a specific variant in mind. To others, the ambience and minimum bet matters more.

Where to Play Pai Gow Poker in Las Vegas

Casino
Variant
Min Bet
Max Bet
# of Tables
Aliante CasinoEmperor’s510003
Arizona Charlie’s DecaturEmperor’s55001
Club FortuneEmperor’s52001
Eastside CanneryEmperor’s510001
M ResortEmperor’s1020003
The StratEmperor’s1020002
WestgateEmperor’s1520001
4 QueensFace Up155001
Aliante CasinoFace Up510001
AriaFace Up25100002
Bally’sFace Up1550001
Binion’sFace Up1010001
Boulder StationFace Up510003
CanneryFace Up510001
Circus CircusFace Up2010002
EncoreFace Up25100002
Fiesta HendersonFace Up510001
FlamingoFace Up1530002
Gold CoastFace Up1020002
Green Valley RanchFace Up1020004
Harrah’sFace Up1050004
LinqFace Up1030002
LuxorFace Up2530002
Mandalay BayFace Up2550002
MGM GrandFace Up25100002
MirageFace Up25100003
NYNYFace Up2530002
Palace StationFace Up1030004
PalazzoFace Up25200003
PalmsFace Up1020003
ParisFace Up1550002
Park MGMFace Up25100002
Planet HollywoodFace Up1550002
PlazaFace Up1010002
RampartFace Up510004
Red RockFace Up1020005
RioFace Up1550002
Sam’s TownFace Up510003
Santa Fe StationFace Up510003
SilvertonFace Up1020001
SaharaFace Up1030001
SuncoastFace Up1020003
Sunset StationFace Up1010003
Texas StationFace Up55002
Treasure IslandFace Up1050002
VenetianFace Up25200003
WynnFace Up25100002
AriaFortune25100002
BellagioFortune25100001
Caesars PalaceFortune2550004
CaliforniaFortune155002
CanneryFortune510001
CosmopolitanFortune15100002
CromwellFortune1030004
Downtown GrandFortune1010001
Fiesta RanchoFortune55002
FlamingoFortune1530003
FremontFortune105001
Gold CoastFortune1020002
Golden NuggetFortune1550002
Harrah’sFortune1050003
LinqFortune1030001
Main Street StationFortune155001
Mandalay BayFortune2550001
MGM GrandFortune25100001
OrleansFortune1020002
ParisFortune1550005
Park MGMFortune25100001
Planet HollywoodFortune1550003
RioFortune1550002
Santa Fe StationFortune510001
SilvertonFortune1020001
SaharaFortune1030001
South PointFortune1020008
TropicanaFortune1020002
WynnFortune25100002
Fiesta HendersonNo Commision510002
BellagioPlus25100002
The DPlus1025001
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How to Play Pai Gow Poker

Pai Gow Poker is spread at over 60 Las Vegas casinos. There are several variants dealt, even within the same casino.

There are several bets available at a Las Vegas Pai Gow Poker table. The main bet has a minimum of at least $5, depending on the casino. Side bets can often be made for $1 or $5.

The player and dealer start with seven cards. The deck has a joker that may be used to complete straights and flushes. Otherwise, it is an ace.

In traditional versions of the game, the player sets that hand before the dealer does. It is separated into a five-card and two-card hand. The five-card hand must be higher than the two-card one. The dealer then sets the banker hand.

If the player beats both dealer hands, the bet is paid, sometimes with a five percent commission. If the dealer wins both hands or wins one and ties one, the house wins. If the dealer ties one and loses one, the hand pushes. If the player and dealer split with one win each, the hand pushes. Some casinos permit players to bank once per round.

In Face Up Pai Gow Poker, the dealer sets the house hand first. If the dealer makes an ace-high pai gow, the hand pushes all around. If it does not, players set their hands based on the best way to beat the dealer’s exposed one. Players may not bank in Face Up Pai Gow.

Other Table Games in Vegas Casinos

We carry out an annual survey of Las Vegas casinos and the table games they offer. This allows us to publish details of every table game available in Vegas, and the best place to play it.

See the page below for the latest version of our full survey.

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