Pai Gow Poker, Did You Know?

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Pai Gow Poker: A Unique Casino Experience with Aces Up

While Poker, Blackjack, and Roulette are the stars of the casino, it’s time for Pai Gow Poker to shine a little. A variant of traditional Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker offers a slower-paced yet enjoyable experience for seasoned casino enthusiasts. It’s loosely based on an ancient Chinese gambling game called Pai Gow, which used domino-like tiles with 21 unique patterns. In Pai Gow Poker, players receive seven cards and bet on who can create the best combination.

The game’s story is full of history and innovation, as American casino owner Sam Torosian created it using aspects of Chinese Pai Gow with the Filipino card game Pusoy and traditional Poker in 1985. It quickly gained popularity on the Las Vegas Strip and became a worldwide sensation. Although Mr. Torosian never patented it, his legacy lives on in the hearts of many casino players around the world. For a more in-depth history of Sam Torosian, check out this LA Times article.

Master the Game with Aces Up Casino Parties

Pai Gow’s charm lies in its simplicity. Players form two poker hands, one with five cards and the other with two, however the five-card hand must outrank the two-card hand:

  • If both of your hands beat the dealer’s hands, you win.
  • If only one of your hands win, the result is a “push.”
  • If both your hands lose, you lose your bet.

This game promotes camaraderie among players, as they each face off against the dealer. While players get to celebrate together in victory, they may alternately share the disappointment of a loss. If you’re not sure what to do with your cards, you’re allowed to ask the dealer for help. Pai Gow Poker offers a relaxed gaming experience, making it an excellent choice for those who want to take it slow in the casino.

While Pai Gow Poker may feel intimidating if you’ve never played, why not give it a try at your next casino night event with Aces Up Casino Parties? We’re the San Francisco Bay Area’s premier casino party provider! We’ll transform your private party, fundraiser, or corporate event into a Las Vegas-worthy casino experience with a variety of fun casino games. Contact us at 510-785-5922 or email for all your casino party inquiries, or request a proposal for your event online.

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