This is good for dealers because there will be times when the shuffle machine or the random number generator is broken
and you’ll have to deal the game manually.
Since you have no shuffle machine, shuffle the cards by hand before offering the deck for a cut, just as you would if you
were dealing blackjack. If the player is banking then they have the first option to cut the deck.
Take the deck and deal out 7 hands of 7 cards each starting from the dealer’s left hand side and going right.
The dealer should keep the deck as low to the table as possible when dealing out the cards. In order for the cameras to verify that
all 53 cards have been used, the dealer will spread out the last remaining 4 cards, face down, before being placed in the
discard rack. The dealer will then straighten up the stacks, tilting the first hand on the left sideways a bit and the
last hand on the right sideways a bit more. This is supposed to represent a dragon, with the lucky head on the left and
the unlucky tail on the right.
Normally, this is the time the Random Number Generator would tell us where to deal the first set of cards, but since we
don’t have a Random Number Generator, we’re going to have to rely on dice instead. Casinos usually don’t allow the
players to shake the dice, but there is one exception to this rule and it’s when the Player is banking. The dealer will
shake a dice cup, with 3 dice in it, a few times using only one hand. Every casino is different, some will want you to
shake the dice exactly 4 times while others will say between 3 to 5 times, so make sure you know your house rules.
The dealer will always be the one to uncover the dice cup; players are not allowed to touch the dice or the dice cup and
if the dice bounce out of the cup or is touched by a player, then call over the floorman immediately and inform him of the
situation. The floor will inspect the dice before putting it back into action. All bets must be in their betting circle
before the dice are uncovered because once the numbers have been exposed no one can alter their bets.
If one of the die lies on top of another die, or is cocked sideways, then call out “No Dice” before shaking the cup again.
The 3 dice will be totaled and the number shown will determine where the dragon’s head, or the first set of cards, goes.
The dealer will announce the total of the dice before delivering the cards.
The number on the dice corresponds with the placement of the hands. The banker or the dealer will always be position
number 1. Then starting from the right hand side going left the dealer will count the spots up to the dice total,
giving each position a specific number. The banker-dealer position will always be numbers 1, 8 or 15.
Remember, the dealer doesn’t need to count every spot starting from number 1. This would take too much time. Instead, the dealer will
use the fact that the banker position is always 1, 8, or 15 and count forward or backwards depending on what number is shown on the dice.
After the dealer has delivered the first set of cards to the spot indicated on the dice, they will continue to distribute
the hands, moving in a counter clock-wise rotation. All betting positions will receive a set of cards regardless of whether
there is a player sitting there or not. After all of the hands are distributed and the last 4 cards proven to the cameras,
the dealer will pick up all of the hands that are in unoccupied spots and place them in the discard rack.
The dice will remain uncovered and unmoved until all of the hands are dealt with, then the dealer will cover the dice, shake
the cup and place it to the right of the layout. After that, everyone will continue the game as normal.
Pai-Gow Poker is naturally a slow game, but it’s the dealer’s responsibility to keep it moving at a good pace without
rushing the players. The only exception to this rule is if you’re a break-in dealer and you’ve just learned how to
deal the game. The house doesn’t mind if you deal a bit slower because you’re double checking to make sure that the
hand is set correctly and that you didn’t miss any ranking hands. This is better than a break-in dealer who is dealing
fast but is making a lot of mistakes.
When new cards are put into play, the procedure is the same as blackjack. First, the seal on the new box must be broken
at the game. Then the dealer will check both sides of the cards for marks and to verify to the cameras that all of the
cards are present and accounted for. The dealer will wash the decks before completing the house shuffle.
Every casino is different. Some houses will want you to riffle the single deck once before putting it in the shuffle
machine, while other houses will want you to do a quick shuffle. Make sure you know
your house way. If the shuffle machine is broken then the house will ask you to do a standard house shuffle for the
If the player requests to play a hand, other than the one in front of them, then they can as long as there are no
other players playing that hand. Their wager must be on the same betting circle that they receive their cards from.
Once the cards are dealt, the dealer will move the hand to the spot in front of the player. When the player has
finished setting his hand, the dealer will move the cards back to their original spot.
There will be times when several players will want to wager on the same betting circle as another player and this
is called backline betting. After the primary player has placed his wager, up to 4 other players may make their bets
up to the remaining balance of the table limit. Notify the floor of the multiple bets before proceeding with the hand.
The primary player must be seated at the table and it is their decision as to whether or not another player can bet on
their hand. They will also have the final say as to how their hand is played. Watch out for trolls who allow backline
betting, and then purposely play the hand badly just so they can screw with people. After the hand has won and the
multi-bet paid, each player is responsible for their own commission.
If the player has multiple poker hand rankings that they can choose from, then they will want to pick the cards that
give them the best low hand as well as the best high hand. If you have any questions, ask the floor.
At the end of the hand, when revealing the cards to the cameras, the dealer will make sure that all the cards are spread
far away enough from each other that the cameras can see the pips clearly. The cards for each individual hand must be
spread properly and neatly across the table. This can be tricky, especially when your house requires that all winning
hands stay on the table. This procedure is essential because it allows the dealer, players, floor and cameras to read
and recognize each hand to ensure that everything is set correctly and that the appropriate winner is determined.
If both the player’s cards and the dealer’s cards have identical hand rankings then the winner will be determined by the
next highest card. This card is also known as the “Kicker”.
Continuously check the cards during the course of the game to ensure that they remain unmarked and clean. If there are any
marks on the cards, errors, disputes or anything questionable call over your floor immediately. Any bonus payoff of $100 or
more will need the floor’s approval.
When closing a game, remember to place the Dragon Hand button in the rack before
putting the lid on and locking it up. Always clap out when touching your body or leaving the table. And if the floor needs
to assist a player during a live game, then the dealer should keep an eye on all of the remaining players and make sure
they don’t cheat.