The house takes a few bucks from the "designated player" based on how many dollars are being bet. They said that was the 'commission' for the game.
This sounds like a good place to play pai gow poker. Could you elaborate on the statement above about how the house collects money? Casinos in Calif have a time collection system of x$/hr for Pai Gow Poker but this sounds different.
- Do they collect money from a designated player on every deal?
- Does the "designated player" designation rotate around the table? What if their were only one player at the table -would he have to pay every hand? How does that work?
- Is the amount collected literally "a couple of dollars" as in $2? Is that for players betting at the table minimum or close to it? And what is the table minimum?
Yes, they collect the "rake" on every deal.
The designated player is a house employee who sits at one spot at the table for the specific purpose of financing the game. He doesn't play, but has a bajillion chips in front of him to pay winners (and collect from losers). The rack in front of the dealer is only used for buying in and making change.
The rake is determined via a table, but it is approximately 1-2% of the total bet by all other players at the table. I think this is about the advantage that the banker gets by winning ties, and the house is essentially confiscating this advantage from the banker.