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Last Updated: Oct. 5, 2016

Pair Fortunes Side Bet


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Introduction

Pair Fortunes is one of the few sides bets available for pai gow tiles. If the player gets at least one pair, he wins. He wins even more for two. Wins range from 3 to 300 to 1. I noticed the bet at the Palace Station in Las Vegas in 2014.

Rules

The following table shows the possible outcome of the Pair Fortunes, what each pays, the probability, and the contribution to the return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 5.30%.

Pair Fortunes

Event Pays Combinations Probability Return
Gee Joon and Heaven pairs 299 1 0.000028 0.008315
Two pair 25 119 0.003309 0.082731
Gee Joon pair 8 420 0.011680 0.093437
Mixed pair 4 1,680 0.046719 0.186874
Identical pair 3 4,620 0.128476 0.385428
All other -1 29,120 0.809789 -0.809789
Total 35,960 1.000000 -0.053003


The top pay used to pay 300 to 1, which would increase the house edge to -0.052976.

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