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Last Updated: Nov. 16, 2016

Pai Gow Mania


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Introduction

Pai Gow Mania is a Pai Gow Poker game including two side bets. I spotted the game at the Las Vegas Fitzgeralds Casino on May 19, 2004. In addition to the conventional pai gow poker rules two side bets are offered on the player's first three cards and all seven of the player's cards. The way the three card side bet was adjudicated was after the first three cards were dealt the players looked at them and had the opportunity to claim a win. Then the other four cards were dealt.

Following is the return table for the three card side bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 3.86%

Pai Gow Mania - Three Card Hand

Hand Combinations Probability Pays Return
Natural straight flush 48 0.002049 40 to 1 0.08196
Three of a kind 58 0.002476 30 to 1 0.074276
Wild straight flush 100 0.004269 5 to 1 0.021344
Staight 1020 0.043541 4 to 1 0.174165
Flush 1308 0.055835 3 to 1 0.167506
Pair 3912 0.166994 1 to 1 0.166994
Nothing 16980 0.724836 Loss -0.724836
Total 23426 1 -0.03859

Following is the return table for the seven card side bet. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 6.37%

Pai Gow Mania - Seven Card Hand

Hand Pays Combinations Probability Return
Five aces 500 1,128 0.000007 0.003659
Royal flush 250 26,132 0.000170 0.042383
Straight flush 50 184,832 0.001199 0.059955
Four of a kind 25 307,472 0.001995 0.049868
Full house 5 4,188,528 0.027173 0.135865
Flush 4 6,172,088 0.040041 0.160165
Three of a kind 3 7,672,500 0.049775 0.149326
Straight 2 11,034,204 0.071584 0.143168
Other -1 124,556,196 0.808056 -0.808056
Total 154,143,080 1.000000 -0.063667


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