This variant of the standard Pai Gow game offers an attractive bonus side bet as well as a host of exciting features! You’ll find it under the “More Tables” section of the Games Menu at your favourite Microgaming powered online casino like Spin Palace. The game is played in the same way as standard Pai Gow variations wherein you place your wager and seven cards are dealt to the players. You then divide the cards into a 5 card hand and a 2 card hand according the rules of the game. The dealer’s cards are then revealed, the hands are compared and the winner receives a payout accordingly.
The Bonus Pai Gow Poker game offers an optional bonus bet that is not a feature of the standard variants. It is an active option once you’ve placed the ante bet but it must be placed before the cards are dealt. The bonus bet has a minimum of 1 credit and maximum of 20 credits limit which can be either increased or decreased in 1 credit intervals. Bonus bet payouts are made according to a pay table based on the player’s hand dealt, irrespective of the outcome of the main game. Within the bonus bet feature, the highest payout pays at 8,000 to 1. This means that a bonus bet of 20 credits should pay out at 160,000 credits, but the maximum payout is limited to 25,000 credits, which is the only downside of the game. It also means that in order to maximise the value of the bonus bet, you should not bet more than 3 credits at a time.
The pay table for the bonus bet covers the standard five card poker hand rankings. This means that if five of the seven cards received by the player are any of the hand rankings in the payout table then the corresponding payouts are awarded. These are broken down as follows:
Straight: Pays out at 2 to 1
Three of a Kind: Pays out at 3 to 1
Flush: Pays out at 4 to 1
Full House: Pays out at 5 to 1
Four of a Kind: Pays out at 25 to 1
Straight Flush: Pays out at 50 to 1
Royal Flush: Pays out at 150 to 1
Some payouts in the pay table offer higher payouts, this is due to the fact that Pai Gow is played with multiple card decks so it is possible for a player or dealer to be dealt more than four aces and five aces payout at a massive 400 to 1.
Pai Gow Poker decks also include joker cards and if you receive a seven card Straight Flush which includes a joker acting as a wild card a payout of 1000 to 1 is awarded. While a Royal Flush which incorporates a Deuce Pair pays out at an even bigger 2,000 to 1 and a natural Royal Flush paying out at 8,000 to 1.
Bonus Pai Gow can also be played using the Auto Play option with the House Way feature which splits your cards automatically. You are also given control over the game speed and sound features and can choose from four different speeds and a variety of audio options. These can be adjusted and set in the “options” menu in the game console’s toolbar.
Bonus Pai Gow is definitely a game to try if you’re in for something different that offers huge rewards!