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October 6th, 2010 at 11:13:44 PM permalink
In August, I was playing Pai Gow Poker at the Rio, and the dealer had a 9-high Pai Gow. He said that in 10 years of dealing, he had only seen it 2 other times.

How would you calculate how rare this hand is?
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October 6th, 2010 at 11:34:05 PM permalink
I have had 18 of them, it used to be a $100 dollar bonus at my local card club.
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October 7th, 2010 at 1:32:16 AM permalink
I see it about twice a year dealing Pai Gow. I dealt one to myself a few days ago when all the players were betting on the Insurance.
Last time I got one as a player I had $7 on insurance about a year ago.
The odds are about 1 in 5,000 (0.0002 or .02%).
Only two ways to get this hand: 9875432, or 9876432. You must be missing either the 5 or the 6, - else it's a straight.
I've seen players set the 9876532 hand as 87/96532, thinking they got it, or trying to fool the dealer. Instead of getting 100:1 on the insurance, they get 2:1 on the bonus.
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