Pai Gow Poker Odds
Pai Gow Poker is a game of chance, with an element of skill. The odds of winning depend on the random distribution of cards and how well they’re arranged.
The house edge is a statistical advantage that the casino has over players. It’s what makes it possible for casinos to operate and still pay out the large jackpots that make gambling so exciting.
How house edge works
Pai Gow Poker has a standard house edge of 2.84%. There is however a way to lower that edge to around 1.42%. This is done by playing as the “Banker”.
Playing as the Banker
Before each round of Pai Gow Poker begins, the dealer will ask, usually counter-clockwise around the table, if any seated players would like to act as the Banker. Players are under no obligation but may choose to take on the role since the Banker wins on any tie.
Is there a way to improve the odds?
The odds of receiving any one card over another are equal. While there’s no way to make the cards fall in a player’s favour, knowing how to arrange them into the best poker hands ensures the greatest chances of a win or tie.
5% commission on payouts
On top of the odds and house edge, Pai Gow Poker winnings trigger a 5% house commission, across the board. After a win, the dealer will deduct this from any payout a player receives.
E.g. $100 in winnings, less 5% commission = $95 total payout