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The pai gow poker comes from an ancient Chinese game called Pai Gow, which means make-nine in Chinese. It was a game which was played hundreds of years ago with tiles (dominoes) and a dice. The ranking of the domino pieces was very complicated and the main goal of each player was to acquire more combinations which are close to nine than the opponent does. In pai gow poker, the participating players can be up to 6 and they are playing against the dealer, just like in blackjack.

The ancient Chinese pai gow game was brought to North America in the middle of 19th century by Chinese emigrants who were going to the US in a seek of a better life. Over the time, the domino game merged with a card game and became what it is nowadays popular as pai gow poker. This type of poker made a very interesting turn from domino game to card game which makes it unique and many casino players like it very much.

Pai gow poker became very popular in California in 1986 and just an year later, in 1987, it was made available to players in Las Vegas casinos. In 1988, the game was brought to Atlantic City, NJ, as well.

You may read our pai gow poker rules article in order to learn how to play this interesting game of chance.


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