Pai Gow (and Pai Gow Poker)
What is Pai Gow and How to Play it?
Enjoy celebrity-status just like Sic Bo, Pai Gow is another Chinese gambling game that's close to Asian tradition as it has been played for thousands of years on the continent. Interestingly, to this day, Pai Gow is predominantly played exclusively by seasoned bettors and amateur gamblers of Asian descent. The game is a bit complicated one to learn, but dealers usually help out with guidance if they see the person is struggling.
Being one of the most popular Chinese table games, the fact the west took an interest in it doesn't really surprise much. However, western countries are in favour of playing Pai Gow Poker, which is an Americanized version of Pai Gow.
How to Play Pai Gow
The base of Pai Gow is a set of 32 dominoes or tiles. Every participant is handed four tiles, which need to be separated into two pairs (low hand and high hand), which are observed through ranking orders – pair, Wong, Gong and 9 to 0 points order. The game is similar to Baccarat when it comes to the scoring system.
What is Fan-Tan and How to Play it?
Fan-Tan, or fantan is a game of pure chance, very similar to roulette and predominantly played in East Asia. The Chinese love playing Fan-Tan, which is why you can find the game around local casinos and gambling houses, and, surprisingly, in some casinos in Nevada.
How to Play Fan-Tan
At the centre of a table a square is laid out, with every side marked 1, 2, 3, and 4. Any of these numbers hold players' bets. The banker terminates the betting process with their ring, then empties onto the table a double handful of coins, buttons, beans, and other types of small objects that had previously been covered with a metal bowl.
The total of collected objects should be around 200. The banker, then, uses a smaller cup to segregate about 60–100 of the collected objects; he/she uses a bamboo stick for separation to the moment there are only four or less left. The number that's left, wins!
What is Chinese Poker and How to Play it?
Chinese Poker is a unique Chinese card game casino where players get 13 cards instead of 2 which are traditionally dealt in Hold 'em. Despite its name, Chinese Poker doesn't resemble its traditional counterparts like Hold 'em, Omaha, or Stud poker in terms of gameplay. Even so, knowing how traditional poker is played can serve as good basis for learning how to play Chinese Poker and enjoy it!
How to Play Chinese Poker
At the beginning of each round, the player receives 13 cards, making 4 players the maximum number. However, it is not unusual to have only 2 or 3 people play, as well.
After players arrange their cards, they can either "surrender" (i.e. fold) or choose to play their hand. Players who stay at the table reveal their cards clockwise, starting from the dealer's left. This is how they score commences. Chinese Poker is possibly one of the favourite Chinese casino table games in existence.
What is Niu Niu and How to Play it?
Atypical for American casinos, Niu Niu is a true hit in the halls of southeast Asian casinos. There are even online versions of Niu Niu catering to Asian gamblers with tremendous success.
How to Play Niu Niu
Niu niu resembles Baccarat in the card value; numbered cards are worth their ranking, aces are one point and the jack, king and queen are worth zero points. A two-card hand worth zero points and a three-card hand worth zero points is a Niu Niu. The second-best hand is a three-card hand worth zero points combined with a two-card hand worth more than zero points. The hand gets better as the number of points in the two-card hand increases.
Yee Hah Hi
What is Yee Hah Hi and How to Play it?
Yee Hah Hi is, in a way, a version of Sic Bo, just without all the counting. Also, each side of the dice has a picture on it.
There are three different colours for six different symbols on Yee Hah Hi dice.