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Games that Asia gave us

Games that Asia gave usGlobal trends in the gambling industry are similar in many ways. Most casinos have a set of standard entertainment that all participants know about. Here is an overview of several gambling games brought to Europe from Asia.

Pai Gow

Pai GowChinese domino, which became the basis for Pai Gow poker. The game gained popularity in casinos in Macau and all over China, and then in gambling establishments in the United States and Canada.

It will require a set of dominoes of 32 chips, which are placed in four pieces on eight stacks. The game is played against a banker (dealer), who, in turn, plays for the casino. The start begins with a toss of lots (most often used for this purpose dice), which determines who will take the stack first. Then the remaining stacks are taken by the participants in a counterclockwise order. The resulting stacks are divided into pairs: weak, strong, or medium. After that, each participant puts his strong pair horizontally on the table and the weakest pair vertically. Then, when all the players have laid out their pairs, the banker shows their chips. The next task for players is to compare their pairs with casino pairs. If a player wins two pairs, his bet wins with a 5% Commission in favor of the gambling establishment. A winning bet is considered if, for example, the player’s weak stack beats the banker’s weak stack. And at the same time, the player’s strong stack beats the dealer’s strong stack.

Pai Gow poker was created based on the dominoes game mentioned above. In the 80-ies of the last century, the employees of Commerce Casino from the United States adapted dominoes for the card game, simplifying some rules. One of the main differences between Pai Gow Poker and classic poker is the 53-card deck, not the 52-card deck. The innovation helped this casino to get ahead of the rival gambling establishment Bicycle Club.

The bet is completely lost if the player loses on all their pairs. A draw is counted if one pair lost and the other won. In this case, the player gets the money back. For example, the highest pair is Gee Joon, these are chips 2-1 and 4-2, which in the card world are analogous to the Joker. In total, due to the variety of chips, there are 35,960 different ways to win.

Combination options:

Gee Joon: 2-1 and 4-2
Teen: 6-6 and 6-6
Day: 1-1 and 1-1
Yun: 4-4 and 4-4
Gor: 3-1 and 3-1
Mooy: 5-5 and 5-5
Chong: 3-3 and 3-3
Bon: 2-2 and 2-2
Foo: 5-6 and 5-6
Ping: 6-4 and 6-4
Tit: 6-1 and 6-1
Look: 5-1 and 5-1
Chop Gow: 6-3 and 5-4
Chop Bot: 6-2 and 5-3
Chop Chit: 5-2 and 4-3
Chop Ng: 4-1 and 3-2

Dai Si (Sic Bo)

Sic BoThe second game of dominoes, not devoid of excitement, was invented in ancient China. It uses three dice. Three or even one participant can take part in Sic Bo. Its main rule is to toss the dice and then guess the numbers that should fall. Bets are placed on the hidden number. There is a corresponding table for the game, which is divided into small and large bets. According to the stated rules, bets are placed on the 1×1 principle.

It is important to note that if the sum of all the dice that fall is between 4 and 10, then a small bet wins. The big bet wins when the amount fluctuates between 11 and 18. In a separate field for bets on numbers, you can bet on a number from 1 to 6. The payout amount depends on the number of numbers that were drawn and the bet was placed on them. Since there are three cubes, the maximum number of them also does not exceed this number. For example, if the bet is made on the number 2, and all the dice also have deuces, then the payout will be 3×2.

There is also a separate field for betting on one of the 15 possible combinations, which can be shown by two of the three dice. If the bet is played, a 5×1 payout is assigned. Then there are bets on the amount of three dice. The probability of a 3 or 18 is extremely low, so some casinos offer bets on numbers from 4 to 17.

The game is popular in both Macau and the Philippines. It was brought to the United States by immigrants from China in the early 20th century, and is still in demand in some casinos in America. Since 2002, it has been implemented in licensed casinos in the UK. In English, “Sic Bo” means “precious bones”, while in China it is known as” Dai Si”,” Hi-Lo”, or”Sai Sai”.


GoThe third Chinese intellectual game, in which bets are also often made. It became known all over the world in the 20th century, the first mentions are found on the territory of East Asia in the 19th century. For a full game, you need a rectangular table (goban), drawn with lines horizontally and vertically (19×19 line), chips (white and black), and a game clock, like those used in chess. To win the game, you need to occupy more territory with stones of your own color than the opponent. Because of this the game is strategic in nature. The task of the players is to take the free points at the intersection of the lines with their chips. It is important to know that the set stones can not be moved to another place, but the enemy can capture them and then remove them. According to the rules, the point next to the stone must always be free. A total of one move is provided.

As stated by some famous grandmasters, the rules of go allow you to play for money. There is a handicap, which gives novice players the opportunity to win even from professionals. In Korea, there is also a monument dedicated to the best go-gambler -No Sacho.

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