How to play Pai Gow Poker at Crown Casinos of Melbourne and Perth?

Crown Casino Melbourne

Pai Gow poker can be played at Crown Casinos of Melbourne and Perth. Crown Casino Melbourne also referred to as Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex is located on the south bank of the Yarra River, in Melbourne, Australia. Crown Casino is a unit of Crown Limited, and the first casino of the now–international Crown brand. It is the largest casino complex in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the largest in the world. The complex also hosts four hotels, Crown Towers, Crown Promenade, and Crown Metropol, with a fourth hotel approved for construction which is expected to commence.

Crown Perth, formerly Burswood Island Casino, is a resort and casino located in Burswood, Western Australia, near the Swan River. The resort consists of a casino, a convention center with meeting rooms, a theatre, and two ballrooms along with 32 restaurants and bars, a nightclub, and recreational facilities. It also features three hotels: the 405-room Crown Metropol Perth, the 291-room Crown Promenade Perth, and the 500-room luxury hotel Crown Towers Perth, which was opened in December 2016.

Both these casinos offer the game of Pai Gow for players to enjoy.

Pai Gow in Crown Casino Melbourne

Crown casino Melbourne came into existence in 1997 and is licensed to operate 2,628 electronic gaming machines and 540 table games, with a casino license that extends to 2050. The casino also includes award-winning VIP facilities. Its VIP program is driven by an extensive international clientele, particularly from Asia, while its main gaming floor attracts tourists and locals alike.

Crown is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except on the following days: Christmas Day, Good Friday, and Anzac Day. On these days, Crown is closed from 4 am and re-opens at noon.

Crown Casino Melbourne

When you enter the casino at the Crown you will find many gaming tables and private gaming rooms for VIPs. Pai Gow can be found at one of the gaming tables.  Crown casino Melbourne has a license for 500 table games and 3,500 poker machines. Amongst other games, Crown provides six main casino games Blackjack, Craps, Poker, Baccarat, and Roulette. It was also the first to introduce an electronic version of Roulette known as Rapid Roulette. There is also Bigwheel, the electronic Vegas Star Roulette, and Rapid Baccarat.

As well as Three card poker on the main gaming floor, Crown also offers varieties of poker including Texas Hold’em. The Crown Poker Room encompasses a large separate space in the Crown basement.

The Crown is also one of the major centers for competitive poker in the Asia-Pacific region. It annually hosts the Aussie Millions, currently the Southern Hemisphere’s richest poker event. Starting in 2013, it became home to the World Series of Poker Asia-Pacific, the latest expansion of the World Series of Poker.

The poker machines on the casino floor, with values ranging from one cent to one dollar, as well as a few two and five-dollar machines in the VIP areas. Pokies machines at Crown are made by Aristocrat, Ainsworth Gaming Technology (AGT), IGT, Konami and SHFL entertainment/Shuffle Master and WMS Gaming, the latter using Shuffle Master machines.

Pai Gow Poker in Crown Casino Perth

Crown Casino Perth

Crown Casino Perth also offers Pai Gow games to play. You can reach the casino only minutes from the Perth CBD. Crown Perth features a 24-hour Casino and a host of recreational facilities, including a resort-style pool, day spa, retail outlets, and riverside cycling trails.

Here the Pai Gow poker is referred to as Pai Gow Dominoes and is only available in the Pearl Room at the casino.

The casino also has up to 2,400 coin-operated game machines with a variety of games such as Keno, Video Poker, and others involving dice, dominoes, s, and balls. Jackpots are linked to many of these games. Reel slots, operated with a pull-down lever, are not permitted in Western Australia.

The other table games include Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette,  Texas Hold’Em, Omaha, Three Card Poker, Casino War, Progressive Texas Hold’Em,  Money Wheel, Sic Bo, and Caribbean Stud.

How to play Pai Gow at Crown Casinos

Pai Gow at Crown Casinos

At first glance, Pai Gow looks confusing, with all those red and white dots, strange names, and so on. The good news is that the actual color of the dots is meaningless and most of those strange names have English equivalents. An exciting variation of the regular more traditional game of Pai Gow- Bonanza Pai Gow is also available to play. Bonanza Pai Gow incorporates two additional betting options: the Bonus bet and the Tie bet.

Pai gow is played with a set of 32 dominoes. Each player and dealer will be given four tiles. The player will separate his tiles into low and high hands. The player does not need to specify which is higher, as this will be obvious. Each pair of tiles will have a ranking order.

The player’s high hand will be compared to the dealer’s high hand, and the player’s low hand compared to the dealer’s low hand.

Pai Gow at Crown Casinos

If both player and dealer have a Wong, Gong, or 1 to 9 points, the tie will be broken according to which hand has the higher-ranked high tile. If the high tile does not break the tie then the win will go to the banker. A 0-0 tie always goes to the banker.

When using high tiles to break a tie, the rank order is the same as the pair order (see picture above), except the two tiles in the highest “gee Joon” pair, are ranked lowest individually and will therefore never be a hand’s high tile.

If the player wins both hands he will win even money, less a 5% commission. If the player wins one and loses one then his wager will push. If the dealer wins both then the player will lose his wager.

Pai Gow Game in Australia

The banker plays against every other player at the table and the dealer. The dealer will wager the same amount the player wagered the last time the dealer was the banker. More often than not, other players will sit out the hand when another player is banking, letting him or her take on the dealer alone.

Check the rules of the Pai Gow game at Crown Casino Melbourne

Crown Casino Melbourne also offers Bonanza Side Bet in Pai Gow. Here is the possible outcome of the Bonanza side bet, what each pays, the probability, and the contribution to the return. The lower right cell shows a house edge of 9.61%.

Gee-Jun and Teen pair20010.0000280.005562
Gee-Jun and Day pair6010.0000280.001669
Heaven pair and Earth pair3010.0000280.000834
Lame Duck20640.0017800.035595
Two Pair121170.0032540.039043
Gee-Jun, Teen or Day pair512600.0350390.175195
One Pair254600.1518350.303671

To play Pai Gow at both the casinos at Crown Melbourne and Crown Perth you need to be 18 and over years of age.

Read our next post on what is Bonanza side bet and how it is played.