Asian table games are very popular at the Atlantic City
Many of the casinos have upgraded their Asian table gaming areas.
The Asian table games include Mini-Baccarat, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, and the roulette game Sic Bo. A description of Pai Gow and Pai Gow Poker are provided below.
Pai Gow and Pai Gow Poker are similar, however Pai Gow is played with Chinese Dominoes or Tiles, whereas Pai Gow Poker is an American derivative of Pai Gow played with a normal poker deck of cards.
Pai Gow Tiles
Pai Gow is an ancient Chinese gambling game played with Chinese domino tiles. The game is played with a set of 32 tiles; each tile showing a certain number of dots.
The game can be played with up to 8 players including the dealer or bank. The game is started with each player making a bet. The tiles are then shuffled and dealt. Each player and the dealer are each dealt 4 tiles with which he makes two hands of two tiles each, a high hand and a low hand.
The value of the hands is determined by counting the dots on the tiles in each hand and summing the two. The maximum value a hand can have is nine, as after summation, the tens place is dropped. Pai Gow means "make nines" in Chinese.
The player wins his bet if the value of both his high and low hands is higher than the corresponding hands of the dealer. If both of his hands have lower values, he loses the bet. If one is higher and one is lower, neither wins.
When a player wins a bet, he is paid 1.95 of his bet, with 5% being retained by the casino as a commission.
Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker is a game that was derived in America from Pai Gow. It is very similar, but somewhat simpler. It is played with a normal 52 card poker deck of cards with one extra card added. The extra card is an ace, which is used as a wild card and that can be used to complete a straight or flush.
Pai Gow Poker can be played with up to 7 players including the dealer or bank. The game begins with each player making a bet. After shuffling, each player and the dealer are dealt 7 cards with which to make 2 hands, one with 5 cards and one with 2 cards.
The ranking of the hands is the same as normal poker.
A player wins his bet if both his 5-card hand and 2-card hand rank higher than the corresponding hands of the dealer. If both hands have lower ranks, the player loses the bet. If one is higher and the other lower, neither wins.
When a player wins, he is paid 1.95 of his bet with 5% being retained by the casino as a commission.
The Atlantic City casinos have been making a big effort to attract more Asian players. Atlantic City casinos continue to upgrade their Asian gaming facilities. These upgrades include:
Bally's added a 12-table Baccarat Palace
and Noodle Village restaurant. Asian Chef de Cuisine Michael Leung brings well prepared authentic Chinese food to the newly renovated Red Pearl restaurant at Bally's.
The Borgata added an 18-table Asian gaming pit and a Noodles of the World restaurant. The new Izakaya restaurant at The Borgata is a Japanese pub overseen by executive chef Michael Schulson. It features Japanese style seafood and even Kobe beef.
Caesars added the 18-table Palace East, and the Kwi restaurant & Noodle Bar.
Resorts added an Asian Gaming Parlor and the Asian Spice restaurant.
Trump Taj Mahal renovated and expanded their Asian gaming area to 22 tables and added the Rim Noodle Bar.