Pai Gow Mania

Pai Gow ManiaPai Gow Mania was one of the earliest forms of Pai Gow Poker with bonus side-bets. This game was first introduced at Fitz Casino & Hotel in downtown Las Vegas back in May 2004. Today Fitz remains one of the few casinos to carry the games, as other casinos which once carried it, such as Foxwoods Resort Casino in CT as well as many Atlantic City and Las Vegas Casinos, have since replaced the game with Fortune Pai Gow Poker.

There are still a handful of players who prefer the Pai Gow Mania version of Pai Gow Poker, and seeing as Fitz and possibly a few other casinos still offer it, we’ll give an explanation here of how the game is played.

Pai Gow Mania 3 Betting Options

Standard Bet: This is a required bet using traditional Pai Gow Poker Rules. If you’re not familiar with these, see our pages How to Play Pai Gow Poker and Pai Gow Poker Strategy.

3 Card Bet: This is an optional bonus bet based on the outcome of the first three cards dealt. The bet mirrors that of the Pair Plus Bonus offered in the popular casino game “3 Card Poker”. The following pay table is used.

Pai Gow Mania – Three Card Hand
Hand Pays
Natural straight flush 40 to 1
Three of a kind 30 to 1
Wild straight flush 5 to 1
Staight 4 to 1
Flush 3 to 1
Pair 1 to 1
Nothing Loss

Seven Card Hand: This is an optional bonus bet based on all seven cards. The following pay table is used.

Pai Gow Mania – Seven Card Hand
Hand Combinations Probability Pays Return
Five aces 1128 0.000007 500 to 1 0.003659
Royal flush 26132 0.00017 250 to 1 0.042383
Straight flush 184832 0.001199 50 to 1 0.059955
Four of a kind 307472 0.001995 25 to 1 0.049868
Full house 4188528 0.027173 5 to 1 0.135865
Flush 6172088 0.040041 4 to 1 0.160165
Three of a kind 7672500 0.049775 3 to 1 0.149326
Straight 12006024 0.077889 2 to 1 0.155778
Other 123584376 0.801751 Loss -0.801751
Total 154143080 1 -0.044753


Pai Gow Mania Never Caught On

Traditional Pai Gow Poker uses machine shufflers and is slow paced as is. In Pai Gow Mania one of the bonus side bets (3 card hand) requires the game be dealt by hand. This did not go over well with both the players and casino executives as it made the already slow paced Pai Gow Poker game even slower. Today Pai Gow Poker with a side bet based only on the 7 card hand is wide spread, for details see our page Fortune Pai Gow Poker.