scottndindy
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March 8th, 2014 at 5:01:38 PM permalink
Can anyone confirm the downtown grand has tiles. If so is it always open? How are dealers?
Mission146
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March 8th, 2014 at 5:05:28 PM permalink
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Can anyone confirm the downtown grand has tiles. If so is it always open? How are dealers?



I just called and they said that they do not "Just regular Pai-Gow," ironically, Pai-Gow Tiles is regular Pai-Gow!
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djatc
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March 8th, 2014 at 5:07:23 PM permalink
Make sure you don't get drunk and start taking out markers.
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boardwlk
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March 8th, 2014 at 5:10:07 PM permalink
scottndindy - I also can confirm - no tiles at DG. Would appreciate your views on favorite places to play in Vegas - thanks.
scottndindy
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March 8th, 2014 at 5:22:15 PM permalink
That is disappointing. I just read a cnn article saying the guy who just welched on his markers was playing tiles.
"He lost all that money at the Chinese domino game pai gow and at a private blackjack table during 17 hours of uninterrupted gambling and drinking, until the late afternoon of the following day."

I l google searched and found a vegas blog saying they would have it. http://blog.vegas.com/las-vegas-hotels/10-truly-unique-things-about-the-soon-to-open-downtown-grand-2-34849/
Point 9


Favorite places to play:

Harrahs has always been a decent place for me. Dealers are appreciative and know the game well.
Mirage is the most common place I play. Knowledgable and friendly dealers but strict on banking. You can not cobank with other players or move spots.
Caesars Palace is another common place for me. Game is always 100 minimum and during the week they close table in morning. Many times floor supervisor is stationed there with no other tables and most are very nice and talkative.
Aria-I played here the past couple trips. Dealers are very good. Floor supervisors also talkative. There is a supervisor named Charles who is awesome.

Places I avoid:
Bellagio - Dealers seem uninterested in having to deal game if you are betting under $500 per hand. Also I feel like they prefer to deal to Asians. Has anyone else had similar experiences?
Venetian/Palazzo - I will play there now but hated as a newbie. Dealers do not like helping or answering questions in my experience.
teddys
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March 8th, 2014 at 5:45:40 PM permalink
Quote: scottndindy

That is disappointing. I just read a cnn article saying the guy who just welched on his markers was playing tiles.
"He lost all that money at the Chinese domino game pai gow and at a private blackjack table during 17 hours of uninterrupted gambling and drinking, until the late afternoon of the following day."

I l google searched and found a vegas blog saying they would have it. http://blog.vegas.com/las-vegas-hotels/10-truly-unique-things-about-the-soon-to-open-downtown-grand-2-34849/
Point 9


Favorite places to play:

Harrahs has always been a decent place for me. Dealers are appreciative and know the game well.
Mirage is the most common place I play. Knowledgable and friendly dealers but strict on banking. You can not cobank with other players or move spots.
Caesars Palace is another common place for me. Game is always 100 minimum and during the week they close table in morning. Many times floor supervisor is stationed there with no other tables and most are very nice and talkative.
Aria-I played here the past couple trips. Dealers are very good. Floor supervisors also talkative. There is a supervisor named Charles who is awesome.

Places I avoid:
Bellagio - Dealers seem uninterested in having to deal game if you are betting under $500 per hand. Also I feel like they prefer to deal to Asians. Has anyone else had similar experiences?
Venetian/Palazzo - I will play there now but hated as a newbie. Dealers do not like helping or answering questions in my experience.

I like Palazzo best and would also mention the Rio. Also Paris is a fun place to play.
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FleaStiff
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March 8th, 2014 at 6:01:01 PM permalink
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Can anyone confirm the downtown grand has tiles. If so is it always open? How are dealers?


I've been given to understand that the 888 Baccarat Lounge is really an Asian Games room and you can get both baccarat and Pai Gow tiles there, but i've not been there myself. Best would be to email a host and ask. Private tables can be reserved in the Baccarat Lounge but its always open.

Pai Gow Poker is also available but only in the general casino rather than the red themed Asian Games area.

The have a phone 1=855DTGrand.
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March 8th, 2014 at 6:08:51 PM permalink
I enjoyed Harrahs as well. $10 min too.
Wulfgar1224
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January 19th, 2015 at 10:21:56 AM permalink
I learned the game last March for my trip to Las Vegas and had a great time. I was a bit of a newbie last year but I will relay my experiences there. I had practiced at wizardofodds.com before going but I found it was much tougher setting the tiles live since you didn't have the computer to tell you what the numbers were, LOL. The good news is that usually I was alone with the dealer most of the time so it wasn't really a big deal.

Mirage- It was the first casino I played. I played there for about six hours and was mostly alone with the dealer. Table min was $25. The main dealer was super helpful and friendly as were the pit bosses. The relief dealer was a bit more stern but would help me set the hand house way if I asked for it.

Harrah's- I had a great time at this casino and it was my favorite experience at Vegas last March. I played $15 min bets and was sitting at a table with 4 older Asian players. They were very friendly as was the dealer. They help me set a few hands and one of them even gave me the high/lo pointer to make setting the hands go quicker. If you have just points and no pairs/wongs/gongs/, just set the high and the lo tiles together (numerically not in rank). That will balance the hand most of the time. It is a good place to start and of course use the JB strategy to find the exceptions. Don't know if it matters to people, but they play with quarters here so you pay the 1.25 commission instead of 1 on a 25 hand. I guess I'm cheap since I think they are nickeling and diming you when they do that.

Bellagio- I only played for about and hour here at 25 min per hand. They were actually pretty cool since I messed up setting a hand but they paid me anyway since I was a newbie as a one time courtesy. Even though the other guy playing with me at the table was friendly, I felt a little uncomfortable there since I was new and he was betting about 500 per hand and it was taking be about 20-30 secs to set my hands. I felt like I was holding things up since he was so much quicker. I'll try again this year in March since I'll be able to set the hands better and faster.

MGM Grand- I was by myself here for a couple of hours and the dealer was unfriendly almost to the point of being rude. She criticized my playing 0/7 instead of 3/4 a couple of times and almost had a heart attack when I split a pair of 5s with the teen and day tiles as my other two tiles. She ended up having 3/Gong so I would've won instead of pushing. She didn't think I knew what I was doing. I admit that I was new but I was just using the JB Simple strategy so in that instance I made the right play. The point is that I had a bad experience here and probably wouldn't go back even though it was just one dealer. As with harrah's, they use the quarters so the commission was 1.25 for the 25 min hands instead of just 1 dollar.

Venetian- The dealer was OK and the pit boss was cool so I can't complain about that. Again, I was alone so my time setting the hands didn't matter. It just so happened that the table was really hot for the dealer and I did the worst here of all of the casinos I tried. I ended up staying here less than an hour since the table the tiles I was dealt were so bad. They don't charge the quarters here on the commission so at least I didn't feel like I was being nickled and dimed.

Mandalay Bay- I was disappointed that they didn't have it going on in the Lotus room when I went there at about 4 PM on a Saturday. It seems like that would've been a good time to have a 25 game going on there. I didn't ask the pit boss to open the table or anything like that since I am just a minimum better. They might have been accomodating with some notice. From talking to one of the pai gow poker dealers, though, it seems like the tiles are pretty much hit or miss at Mandalay. Since it is so far down the strip, I wouldn't go there if I was looking to play the tiles.

I'm looking forward to my trip in March and trying different casinos with the tiles. I'll try Paris, Aria, and definitely go back to Harrah's. If I have the time, I might go up to Wynn and Palazzo if they have 25 dollar games. Caesar's at 100 min is too pricey for a cheapskate like me, LOL.

I'm glad a learned this game since it suits my personality. I like to relax a play a slow paced game. I was even going to ask some of the dealers this March about different deliveries of the tiles. We'll see how that goes. It has been my experience that the tiles isn't a very social game though. You'll be playing by yourself a lot unlike pai gow poker.
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January 19th, 2015 at 11:19:24 AM permalink
Thanks for the in-depth report if your experiences at different locations!

If you really want to low-roll pai gow, Palace Station usually has a table open for 5$ minimums. I think they call it Fortune Tiles or something equally vague though.

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