Panguingue (pronounced pan-geen-eee), Tagalog Pangginggí, also known as Pan, is a 19th century gambling card game probably of Philippine origin similar to rummy, first described in America in 1905. It used to be particularly popular in Las Vegas and other casinos in the American southwest. Its popularity has been waning, and now is only found in a handful of casinos in California, in house games and at online poker sites.
I wouldn't lose hope for Pai Gow. It is available at every casino in Atlantic City (except Revel; get with the program, Revel!), and most Strip casinos plus a few others. I swear that about 30% of the people that play are white people. I'm sure it used to be 100% Asian. The Wizard had something to do with that. I will say that in A.C. it is 95% Asian. Most of the whities I've played with in Vegas. Younger people too.Quote: heather
- Pai Gow tiles. Now hear me out on this. I am one-quarter Chinese and was born in British Hong Kong. I saw somebody say that the Chinese think of Pai Gow the way Americans think of Checkers, and I think that's exactly right. Pai Gow is what old men on the porch play when a movie director wants to make things look rustic. It's a game that families play at parties if and only if the grandparents turn up. There are surprisingly few Pai Gow tables in Macau casinos, from what I've heard (also, in East Asia Pai Gow is played without looking at the tiles). I *love* Pai Gow (also Tien Gow, another Chinese domino game that's more like Bridge), but have always had trouble finding good games, in LV or AC. I personally like that it tends to be offered at higher limits, but could see this fact being a turn-off to potential players who might otherwise find the game interesting. Oh, then there's that learning curve.
- Sic bo. Another one of my favorite games. James Bond played it in a movie back in the 1970s but nobody remembers. The first time that I played it was at NYNY in Las Vegas about ten years ago, and I was told at the time that they were the only place in Vegas that offered it. It's still really hard to find. I played at the Trop and Bally's in AC last year. Delighted to see from JB's excellent Foxwoods review that there are two tables there, which I'm currently drooling to check out. I've never seen the variant Tai Sai offered anywhere that I've been (I talked about Tai Sai a little in this post; Wizard has odds for the additional bets on his Sic bo page, in the Macau rules section). It plays a lot like Roulette, but with greater variance. I like holding my breath while waiting for the dome to be uncovered (like bending the cards at Baccarat), and I really like the idea of being able to bet on dice that have already been rolled -- never heard of any other game like that).
I wouldn't lose hope for Pai Gow. It is available at every casino in Atlantic City (except Revel; get with the program, Revel!), and most Strip casinos plus a few others. I swear that about 30% of the people that play are white people. I'm sure it used to be 100% Asian. The Wizard had something to do with that. I will say that in A.C. it is 95% Asian. Most of the whities I've played with in Vegas. Younger people too.
What about "Mahjong" (sp?) I always here that it is a backroom gambling den game, and I see it all the time in movies, but I haven't heard of any casino offering a player vs. house version. I think there may be an opportunity here...
Wonder if that would spice up Sic Bo so that players actually thought they had a sense of control, like in craps.
If you go the word out that the house edge was less than 3% on Big & Little, seems like it is a better game than Roulette.