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Quote: mipletThat's with no commission, so it's higher if they are charging a 5% winning commission.Quote: Paradigm
Game website says 1.60% HE. 7 Up Pai Gow
I think you're overestimating the benefit to the player of being able to see the dealer's hand. You're also underestimating the effect of the A-high dealer pai gow push. That hand happens a LOT. Just to contrast, there's a variant where all dealer Q-high pai gows are pushes, and that's enough addition to the house edge that the house no longer needs to charge a 5% commission.
It's a lot; many two pair hands such as Kx/5522x can be played for a win or a saving push, In fact just about any hand two pairs or better can be helped. 67% of the hands are one pair or less, which can only be played one way, but over 33% of the hands are multi-path hands with two or more reasonable settings that are help by seeing the dealer's set..
And, one of the other posters on this thread is the designer of the face-up version of Pai-Gow that you refer to - it's called EZ Pai-Gow where all Q-High pai gows are a push.
Just a note on this: the use of a dealer's pai gow hand (any Pai Gow Hand) to push for a house edge mechanism is owed by Lubin-Jones LLC, on games distributed by Shuffle Master, even if mixed with additional game gimmicks or mechanisms. No biggie, but they should have checked/vetted the concept first.