I'm planning on going back tonight, let me know if any of you guys are close and want to check it out.
Funny thing is I found this table by accident. I've walked by it before, but easily skipped it and wrote it off as some new silly side bet variant of pai gow. I sat down after running bad at a regular PGP table, placed a bet, and saw the dealer flip over his cards before I even had a chance to look at mine. I flipped out, "I haven't even looked at my hand yet! WTF?!"
Just for your information, in the 80's Macao had a similar game that's played with 13 cards (3-5-5)
Normally the game pays 1 to 1, Bank wins ties, no commission (I think. too young, don't know)
One day someone came up with an idea: The bank will set and show its hands first. The catch is: if the player wins, it pays only 1/2.
Many people fall for that, and the bank makes a killing. eventually nobody is foolish enough to play it anymore. but maybe that gives and idea how much of an advantage people perceived of that rule.
Well this pays 95%, not 50%