Face Up Pai Gow

Face Up Pai Gow Poker is pai gow poker new game variant mostly found at Las Vegas Casinos and is played with a fully-exposed dealer hand. It is more fun and exciting to play. This game has no commission on winning hands as all main wagers push when dealer has an ace high “pai-gow” hand.

Enjoy playing Face Up Pai Gow Poker, Ultimate Texas Hold’e, DJ Wild Stud Poker & 3-Card in our official WSOP poker room! Dealing the game. Pai Gow Poker has an interesting deal method. After the cards are shuffled, the dealer places them into seven face-down piles comprised of seven cards—one for each player and the dealer—with four unused extra cards that are placed in the discard pile, or muck.

The Player has the option of making a bonus side bet which pays up to 30 to 1 when the dealer and the player’s hand both have an ace high “pai-gow” hand. This game also offers Fortune side bets and is linked in to Las Vegas Station Casinos Progressive Jackpot.

So in this game the players get to set their hand after the dealers expose their cards face up and to set their hand whereas in traditional Pai-Gow poker, players must set their hand before the dealers expose their cards. Hence the name “Face Up” poker.

Rules to play Face Up Pai Gow

A single 53-card deck is used, consisting of the usual 52 cards, plus one joker. The joker is semi-wild. It may be used as an ace, or to complete a straight, flush, straight flush or royal flush.”

Standard poker ranking rules are followed with one strange exception known as “the wheel” which is considered the second highest straight. Some casinos have dropped this ridiculous rule, but most still cling to it.

Play starts with the player making a bet. The player may also make an optional Push Ace High side bet at this time. The dealer will deal the player and dealer seven cards.

There is no player banking. Tripoley board. The dealer cards will be exposed face up. The dealer will then set his cards into a 5-card High Hand and a 2-card Low Hand, according to specified rules known as the “house way.” The poker value of the High Hand must be greater than the Low Hand.

If the best five-card hand the dealer can make is an ace high, then the outcome is an automatic push, regardless of the player cards. This is known as an “ace-high pai gow.”

Otherwise, the player will separate his seven cards into a five-card high hand and two-card low hand. As with the dealer hand, the high hand must be of higher poker value than the low hand.

The five-card hand is ranked according to conventional poker rules. The only poker hand in the two-card hand is a pair or no pair, after which the individual cards determine the value based on the value of the highest ranking card first.

After the player has set his hand, then player and dealer high hands will be compared, and their two low hands. In each case, the hand with the higher poker value wins. If the hands are of equal rank, for example both two-card hands are ace/king, then the dealer wins the tie.

If the player wins both comparisons, then the player will win even money on his bet. There is no commission. If the player wins one and loses one, then the bet shall push. If the player loses or ties both, then the player shall lose his wager.

The best feature of the game

This game has no commission on the main bet if you win. That is why all main bets push when dealer has an ace high “pai-gow” hand. Remember though, players have the option of making a bonus side bet on the dealer getting an ace high hand. This bonus side bet can get paid up to 30 to 1 when the dealer and the player’s hand both have an ace high “pai-gow”! This game also offers Fortune side bets and is linked to our Station Casinos Progressive Jackpot! For just one dollar, you can win the big Progressive Jackpot!

Where can you find this game to play?

This game is now fast becoming popular at many Las Vegas Casinos. You can find them even at few casinos in California. You can play at Palace station casino, New York New York Casino, Mandalay Bay Casino, Grand Sierra Reno, Park MGM, Luxor and many other casinos in Vegas. The minimum bet is $10 or $25.

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ams288
I know there was a thread about this game a while back when it was somewhere in California. I can't find it.
NYNY is testing Face Up PGP.
No commission. All hands push on dealer's Ace High Pai Gow. Dealer sets their cards before the players set theirs.
There is the standard fortune side bet, as well as an Ace-High bet which pays:
40 to 1: dealer and player both have ace high Pai Gow.
15 to 1: dealer has ace high Pai Gow with the joker
5 to 1: dealer has ace high Pai Gow no joker
I just played for a couple hours, it's fun.
They said this was only their 3rd day of having the game and it's been doing well so far. The dealers often have to be reminded to set their cards first because they're obviously not used to doing that.
terapined
When I was at NYNY last month playing Pai Gow poker, there was talk of NYNY changing the rules to no commission
I really like the rule where the house sets a hand 1st
Now there is no guessing on splitting 2 pairs or keeping them together :-)
'Everybody's bragging and drinking that wine, I can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shines, Come to Daddy on an inside straight, I got no chance of losing this time' -Grateful Dead- 'Loser'
boymimbo

When I was at NYNY last month playing Pai Gow poker, there was talk of NYNY changing the rules to no commission
I really like the rule where the house sets a hand 1st
Now there is no guessing on splitting 2 pairs or keeping them together :-)


It's at Thunder Valley in Roseville, CA (NE of Sacramento). I've played it a few times.
Rule changes:
- No commission.
- Dealer A high is a push.
- Dealer of course sets their hand first.
It's fun to play because in a push hand you can set your lower hand to something stupid that just beats the dealer hand. You can't collude with other players because you're just trying to beat the dealer.
There is an A-high side bet which pays various amounts depending on your hand. A high no joker 5-1, with joker 15-1, dealer and player have A-H 40-1. Also plays with Fortune (normal pay table) + the Progressive side bets ($2 at Thurnder Valley)
Thread is Thread is here.
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ams288
I was playing some PGP here at the Bellagio and the dealer said everyone keeps telling her about the new game at NYNY. Then this French guy sits down and proceeds to tell us all about it. lol
FinsRule
This game is very interesting and I'd definitely play it if it were still around when I'm there in 5 months.
This seems like definitely one of the harder games to figure out math wise. That's what I'm most interested in actually.
The second thing I'd be interested in is gameplay. Do a lot of people muck their hands, making the game faster? Does the dealer have to wait before everyone is done before starting the payout/push process?
SM777
Face
Great game. Fun play.
boymimbo
The math is based on the House Way of each casino which would dictate what the exact HE is. In the case of TV, the rules around two pair and single pair with a K and A are important. I don't know what those rules are exactly. The s game site here says 1.60% HA.
As for gameplay, people muck their hands when they lose and they don't have a Fortune Hand which makes gameplay faster. People also muck when the dealer has A High and don't have a fortune hand and is not playing the A-High bonus.
People also set their hands faster because they simply have to make a determination of what to beat rather than think about certain plays. It doesn't stop people from slowly revealing their cards or follow whatever silly ritual (I have one too) they do in opening their cards and setting their hands.
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Romes
Might be the next leap in 'new' gaming ideas.. for the dealer to start playing their hands first. Of course I'm sure that would cause adjustments to rules/payouts to level the HE for the house, but it would give players a fresh way to play a lot of games. I like the idea.
Wizard
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Strange, this isn't listed in Gaming's list of games on field trial.

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I clicked on the web site of the game owner and got a very stern warning that it was a dangerous site. However, it showed the content for about one second before the warning came up. I managed to get a screenshot, which I am copying and pasting below. I hope the owner doesn't mind and I'm happy to remove it upon request.

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Wizard
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Might be the next leap in 'new' gaming ideas.. for the dealer to start playing their hands first. Of course I'm sure that would cause adjustments to rules/payouts to level the HE for the house, but it would give players a fresh way to play a lot of games. I like the idea.

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That was tried on a poker variant at the Wynn a few years ago. It used an optical reader in the shuffler to tell the dealer how to play without the dealer knowing the cards. I take it the field trial didn't go well because I haven't seen the game since.

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