Palace Station Hotel & Casino recently expanded its Asian games area, Pit 8, with the introduction of Pai Gow or Chinese dominoes. The addition of the new table brings to 12 the number of games in Pit 8, which also added two more Pai Gow Poker tables. Palace Station is one of 17 Las Vegas casinos to offer Pai Gow Tiles and one of only two off-Strip to offer the game.
"We’ve added the new game to Pit 8 because it is one of the best examples of an Asian game that can be played here. Dominoes has been played in China since at least the 12th century and it is believed that Chinese dominoes were designed to represent possible throws of the dice because there are no blank faces on the tiles," said Jim Dickstein, Palace Station Director of Casino Operations.
Palace Station’s dealers prepared for the new game with training sessions held nightly for about two weeks. "We practiced the rules and working with the tiles themselves. It’s interesting to see how different it is to work with tiles as opposed to playing cards," said Dickstein. "We’ve also hired a Pai Gow Tiles supervisor who will maintain and oversee the game."
Pai Gow Tiles is an intricate game that is played with a set of 32 tiles or dominoes. The tiles are shuffled, stacked and cut. Then a set of three dies is rolled to determine the order of the deal. The tiles are then dealt four at a time to each hand. Gee Joon, (tiles 1/2 & 2/4) is the highest hand followed by eleven matched pairs ranked from highest to lowest. After pairs, the next best hand is a nine count, followed by eight and so on. To play the game, hands are set to have two distinct pairs, a high and low hand. To win, both hands must win. Once each player has set his hand, the house exposes its tiles and compares the hand to each player.