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MrCasinoGames
November 27th, 2019 at 7:44:24 AM permalink
Hi all!

Recent trip to Foxwoods to play some Pai Gow tiles and I got curious as to why the Pai Gow tiles tables had been modified with bonus buttons in the table and a progressive screen attached to the corner of first base. Spoke with the pit boss and they confirmed that, within the next couple weeks (as of November 19, 2019), Foxwoods would be offering a side bet on all Pai Gow titles named "Bonus Spin."

The bonus bet is $5 and the player must have a qualifying pair in hand of Gee Joon, Teen, or Day to spin a virtual wheel. The pair does not have to be played together, just have to be in the hand. If a player has two qualifying pair in hand, it's still just the single spin.

There was no indication as to what the wheel spins would contain for payouts, but the one sheet that he showed me did indicate a progressive jackpot. I took a photo of both sides of the one sheet, but can't post it here as I've not reached my post threshold to share links...

The odds of getting any of the three pair must be fairly low, but I've yet to try to figure out this number. Without knowing what the wheel holds, it will be a little while before figuring out a house edge on this bonus. First thoughts, it seems like an easy $5 rip for the casino. Has anyone seen this bonus anywhere else??

Additionally, Foxwoods does not allow a 10% bump on the player's bet when banking, should anyone be curious about that.

Cheers!
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November 27th, 2019 at 8:16:55 AM permalink
It would be fairer to allow the other two tiles in the player's hand to determine the prize rather than the spin of a wheel. Another idea is to include the dealer's hand (e.g. any four pairs, any three pairs, any two pairs) as this creates an opportunity to offer a jackpot.

e.g.
(A) Top two pairs (GJ and Teen)
(B) Two pairs (from GJ, Teen, Day)
(C) Pair with other two tiles deciding the prize
(i) Second pair
(ii) Wong, Gong or Hi 9.
(iii) Another other 9 (I'm guessing you don't split the pair if the other two make a 9).
(iv) Other totals 0 - 8 (note many of these will result in the original pair being split).

c.f. https://wizardofodds.com/games/pai-gow-tiles/pair-fortunes/
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November 27th, 2019 at 10:57:33 AM permalink
I look forward to the full set of rules.

Speaking of pai gow side bets, I seem to recall a discussion of a side bet based in part on the colors of the tiles. Was I dreaming this or does anyone know more details?
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November 27th, 2019 at 5:59:16 PM permalink
Quote: Wizard

I look forward to the full set of rules.

Speaking of pai gow side bets, I seem to recall a discussion of a side bet based in part on the colors of the tiles. Was I dreaming this or does anyone know more details?



AC NJ has fire and ice side bet, which is:

all white -- 34 to 1
all red -- 999 to 1

https://www.nj.gov/lps/ge/docs/TempRegs/FireandIcewagertext.pdf
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November 28th, 2019 at 3:45:22 PM permalink
For PG and PGP I always thought it would be fun to bet on if you'll receive the dragon's head or tail (1st or 7th hand). It seems a shame to waist that ritualistic dice shake (although an RNG is less a big deal). Off top of my head, payoffs would be something like...

Head or Tail bet pays 5:1
Cover Head and Tail pays 2:1 (maybe 3:2)
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November 29th, 2019 at 8:36:38 AM permalink
I can't believe no one has side bets on the dice totals in Tiles. Seems like a no-brainer.

I think they might do something like this in some other countries, but I don't think it's anywhere in the U.S.
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November 29th, 2019 at 10:10:20 AM permalink
Quote: spires

... The odds of getting any of the three pair must be fairly low, but I've yet to try to figure out this number. Without knowing what the wheel holds, it will be a little while before figuring out a house edge on this bonus. First thoughts, it seems like an easy $5 rip for the casino. ...

I find the chance of getting one or more of the three pairs to be 1302/35960 ~= 3.6%. So there is a greater than 96% probability you will lose a side bet, and that's that.
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December 2nd, 2019 at 12:00:42 AM permalink
Quote: sodawater

AC NJ has fire and ice side bet, which is:

all white -- 34 to 1
all red -- 999 to 1

https://www.nj.gov/lps/ge/docs/TempRegs/FireandIcewagertext.pdf



wizard can i request the EV of this bet?
charliepatrick
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December 2nd, 2019 at 3:54:05 AM permalink
Hopefully I can count how many Red and White tiles there are.. if so I get it as a fairly bad bet.
Tile
Number
5-5
2
3-3
2
2-2
2
6-5
2
6-3
1
6-2
1
5-3
1
5-2
1
3-2
1
Total White
13
4-4
2
1-1
2
Total Red
4

Perms
Odds
Contribution
White
715
34
24 310
Red
1
999
999
Loser
35 244
-1
-35 244
TOTAL
35 960
-27.628%
-9 935
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December 2nd, 2019 at 11:04:50 AM permalink
Quote: charliepatrick

Hopefully I can count how many Red and White tiles there are.. ...



I think there are actually five red tiles. I thought there were only four red tiles until I noticed that one of the 5-tiles is red.

See https://wizardofodds.com/games/pai-gow-tiles/.

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