August 16th, 2012 at 12:58:26 PM permalink
Doesn't it work exactly like with dice? [the Shufflemaster's I-deal Pai Gow table random number generator] The player-banker is position 1, and you just count from there?
Yes and no.
Yes - the number is the start position of the first packet dealt, always, and regardless of whether dice or a random number generator is used.
No - the i-Deal computer reads the cards as dealt and also knows the start position number (although it does not decide it), and so it can spot and verify gaffed hands, and know what each hand is. It also can recommend the house way for each position from this information, if asked. By banking or using the dragon hand, the I-deal's "positional computer" becomes disoriented in these cases.
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