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Microgaming Bonus Pai Gow Poker

By: Joan Peppin, Sunday January 13th 2013
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The leading software provider Microgaming offers a variant of Pai Gow Poker with a bonus side bet at its online casinos. The game is titled Bonus Pai Gow Poker and has some exciting features incorporated. This article reviews the game and highlights the features.

Bonus Pai Gow Poker is listed under More Tables in the Games Menu at Microgaming online casinos. It is offered only as a single hand game. The main game is played in the usual manner and is being described only in brief. After placing the ante wager seven cards are dealt to the player. He divides them into a five card hand and a two card hand following the specified rules. This can be done manually or automatically using the House Way button. The dealer’s cards are then turned over and his hands automatically made. The hands are compared and payouts awarded.

Microgaming Bonus Pai Gow Poker has an optional bonus bet that is not available in normal Pai Gow Poker variants. It can be placed only after placing the ante bet but must be placed before the cards are dealt to the player. The minimum limit for the bonus bet is 1 credit and the maximum limit is 20 credits. Within this range it can be varied at 1 credit intervals. The bonus bet is paid out according a payout table based on the cards dealt to the player. The payout is made irrespective of the outcome of the main game. The highest payout in the bonus bet table is 8,000 to 1. With a bonus bet of 20 credits the payout should be 160,000 credits. However the maximum payout against the bonus game is limited to only 25,000 credits. This is a very important rule and one that players tend to overlook. Hence in the above case players will have to settle for only about 15% of the due amount. In order to get full value from the bonus bet the amount staked on it should not exceed 3 credits.

The bonus bet pay table generally covers the normal five card poker hand rankings. If five of the seven cards dealt to the player are any of the hand rankings in the payout table then the corresponding payouts are awarded. These are as follows.

Straight: 2 to 1

Three of a Kind: 3 to 1

Flush: 4 to 1

Full House: 5 to 1

Four of a Kind: 25 to 1

Straight Flush: 50 to 1

Royal Flush: 150 to 1

There are certain hand rankings defined in the payout table that have even higher payouts. Since Pai Gow Poker is played with multiple decks it is possible to be dealt more than four aces. Five Aces pay out at 400 to 1. The Pai Gow Poker decks have a joker. If the player is dealt a seven card Straight Flush with the help of a joker, which acts as a wild card, then the payout is 1,000 to 1. A Royal Flush with a Deuce Pair pays out at 2,000 to 1. And a natural Royal Flush Pays out at 8,000 to 1.

The Microgaming software allows Bonus Pai Gow Poker to be played on Auto Play. The House Way is used to split the player’s cards. The game can be played in four different speeds and with a number of audio options. Both of these can be set from the Options menu in the bottom toolbar. Bonus Pai Gow Poker is live at all Microgaming online casinos. CasinoAdvisor recommends Golden Riviera, Ruby Fortune, All Slots and Gaming Club.

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