AlexR
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October 29th, 2018 at 4:28:21 PM permalink
The Alberta Gaming, Liquor, and Cannabis Commission makes their casino licensee handbook publically available, including the detailed rules of play for every authorized casino game. It even includes the house way for pai gow tiles.

Casino Terms & Conditions and Operating Guidelines

Are there any other jurisdictions that also make the regulations and rules of play available like this?
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October 29th, 2018 at 5:08:39 PM permalink
Incredible link. Double Thank you.

While it’s a long read, much of the information included has not been publicly disclosed as far as I know in the past.
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October 29th, 2018 at 6:50:24 PM permalink
The UK publishes their operating rules, HE and pay tables for all games approved there. Might be useful to someone. There's a lot of crossover on games between there and US tables.
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October 29th, 2018 at 6:59:24 PM permalink
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Are there any other jurisdictions that also make the regulations and rules of play available like this?



Pennsylvania's is pretty straight forward although I wish to see who certifies their equipment and also the lack of gaming rules pertaining to how an PRNG number should be generated for each game but that's all secret stuff
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October 29th, 2018 at 7:46:31 PM permalink
That is the shortest house way for tiles I've ever seen, which I applaud. All the many exceptions that most casinos use don't help much. I'll copy and paste it below for future reference.

Quote: Alberta Gaming


The house Strategy for dealer hands is as follows:
a) Never split two pairs.
b) Where the hand has one pair, this will usually be played as the
high hand with the two remaining tiles forming the low hand.
However, the following exceptions apply:
i) Only split Gee Joon (3,6) when the third tile is a 6 and the
fourth tile is a 4, 5 or 6.
ii) The house will split a pair of 12's or 2's anytime the
resulting hands total 6 and 8 or higher.
iii) Split a pair of 7's when the other two tiles are any two of
10, 2, 11 or 12.
iv) Split 8's with any two of 10, 2, 11 or 12, or, when the
other two tiles are a 9 and 11.
v) Split 9's with any two of 10, 2, 12.
c) Never split 4's, 5's, 6's, 10's and 11's.
d) Next, look for a Wong, Gong or High Nine, where the hand
contains both a 12 and a 2, plus two of 7, 8 or 9, set the 2 in the
high hand and the 12 in the low hand. If the hand contains
only one of either the 12 or the 2, place the 12 or two in the
high hand.
e) If the hand contains none of the above, use the following
guidelines for setting the hand:
i) Use the Cheung, or high 6, as the breaking point for
determining high/low tiles.
ii) If the high hand is less than 7, play the hands as close
together as possible.
iii) If the hands total 7 - 9 or less, play the highest ranking tile
on the low hand. If the hands total 8 - 9 or higher, play
the highest tanking tile on the high hand.
iv) When setting poor hands, make 8 the cut-off point
before giving up the front hand. For example, play 1 - 6
or 2 - 5 instead of 0 - 7, or play 1 - 4 or 2 - 3 before 0 - 5,
etc. However, play 0 - 8 before 1 - 7, 2 - 6 or 3 - 5, and
play 0 - 9 instead of 1 - 8 or 2 - 7, etc.
v) With a 7, 11, white 10 and red 8, play 7 - 9. However, if
there is no red 8 or white 10, play 8 - 8.
vi) With a 2 or 12, white 6, 5 and Gee (3 or 6), play 7 - 9.
vii) With any 10, 6, 5 and Gee (3 or 6), play 5 - 9.
viii) Other than listed exceptions above, match the biggest
and the smallest tiles, in point total, then use the other
two tiles for the second hand.

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October 29th, 2018 at 8:16:13 PM permalink
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That is the shortest house way for tiles I've ever seen, which I applaud.

Is there enough of a difference to justify any changes to the player strategy from the JB Advanced strategy?
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October 30th, 2018 at 8:11:14 AM permalink
Quote: AlexR

Are there any other jurisdictions that also make the regulations and rules of play available like this?



This website has rules and regulations for Macau gambling.

Most of the explanations are only in Chinese or Portuguese, but if you pick Portuguese and let Google Translate do it's thing, it's pretty legible.
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November 1st, 2018 at 12:44:18 PM permalink
Washington State also publishes everything.

https://www.wsgc.wa.gov/tribal/game-rules

There is a lot more than this... You have to dig for it.

Nevada has rules for all approved games, but not as much detail

https://gaming.nv.gov/index.aspx?page=31&parent=4605
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November 16th, 2018 at 3:28:25 PM permalink
After posting the thread, I inquired with the AGLC regarding the pai gow poker house way. It was missing from the manual, but they've now added it, along with a chart of pai gow tile ranks.

Casino Terms & Conditions and Operating Guidelines (updated 16 Nov 2018) (See pp. 367-368)

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November 16th, 2018 at 3:44:34 PM permalink
Thank you for this Pai Gow Poker House Way chart.

Amazing how much complexity they ask their dealers to master to gain tiny increments of EV for the House.
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