Many online poker games are variations of Five Card Stud, and Pai Gow poker is no exception. Pai Gow was originally a tile game, but is played with cards at Internet casinos and in Las Vegas. The house and the player are each dealt seven cards, and the object of the game is to split the seven cards into the best five-card hand (sometimes called the high, or back, hand) and best two-card hand (the low, or front, hand).
Both five-card hands and both two-card hands are compared to one another, and the player wins if both hands are better than the house’s hands. The game is a tie if the player and the house each have a winning hand; two losing hands for the player means the house wins. In the event of a tie, the bet is pushed.
Pai Gow has a few unique rules that differentiates it from other types of poker. Here are some of the more important ones:
Pai Gow uses a standard 52-card deck plus a joker, which acts as the fifth card to complete a Straight, a Flush, a Straight Flush, or a Royal Flush. The joker is counted as an Ace if there is no Straight or Flush.
The house charges a 5% commission on outright wins; there is no commission on losing hands or a tie.
Players cannot act as the banker like they can in the land-based version of the game (with one exception that will be discussed below).
The five-card hand must rank higher than the two-card hand.
Hands in Pai Gow are ranked the same way they are in Five Card Stud except that an A-2-3-4-5 Straight is the second highest, followed by K-Q-J-10-9.
Strategy for online Pai Gow is a little different than for the land-based game, primarily because players do not have the option of acting as the banker. Regardless, this simplified Pai Gow strategy table will work for all online versions:
The two hands in Pai Gow lead to many different card combinations and as a result, a wide range of odds. But assuming a single-player game where only the house acts as banker, the general odds are as follows:
That means it’s easy to play Pai Gow for a long time with a little money because the tie occurs so often. The odds that both five-card hands will be the same as one another is 2.55%, and the probability that the two-card hands will be the same is 0.32%.
According to the Wizard of Odds, the house edge in Pai Gow is 2.86%. The only exception to this is at Unified Gaming casinos, which allow the player to act as banker on alternating hands. This drops the house edge to 1.46%.
All of the major casino software manufacturers offer Pai Gow Poker, but it isn’t available at every casino. Here are a few sites that do offer Pai Gow: InterCasino, Kiwi Casino, Cherry Casino.
Boss Media Signs Contract with Bet365
VAXJO, Sweden — Boss Media has signed a contract with the company bet365 Limited (http://www.bet365.com). The company is the Internet and telephone- betting division of bet365 Group Limited, a bookmaker with many years of experience in the highly regulated U.K. gaming environment.
The system will be delivered with three different language versions, Spanish, English and Cantonese. Bet365 will also use its own Judi Slot Online payment system and player support, since the casino system will be integrated with the company’s sportsbook.
Peter Bertilsson, CEO and President of Boss Media, said: “This is another contract with a big sportsbook operator. We’ve seen high demand from these operators to add an Internet casino to their sportsbook, since the conversion rate of players is high,” added Mr. Bertilsson.
John Coates, Chief Executive of bet365 Group Limited said: “We are delighted to sign this deal with Boss Media and we are looking forward to making this excellent product available to all our sportsbook customers.”
Bet365 Group Limited is one of the U.K.’s largest independent betting and gaming groups. Bet365 operates a 24-hour a day international call center and Internet sportsbook for clients from over 100 countries. The group also operates the Provincial bet365 chain of licensed betting shops.
Bet365 recently announced that it had entered into a long-term exclusive agreement with Premium TV to provide a fixed odds betting product and casino service across PTV’s platform of 78 official football club websites.
Examples of sportsbook operators which Boss Media has in its portfolio include Victor Chandler Group, Sportingbet.com PLC – the largest Internet sportsbook – and now also bet365 Limited.
The Boss Media Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of digitally distributed gaming entertainment. Potential licensees are offered a customized client-server system, an integrated payment system and the maintenance and administration services necessary for the successful operation of the licensed gaming system. Boss Media AB (publ) is a publicly traded company listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange’s O-list (Attract 40). More information about Boss Media can be viewed on the company’s website http://www.bossmedia.se