Pai Gow

If you like gambling, or gaming with the likes of Unibet, then at one time or another you have contemplated the creation of your very own game. Come on admit it. Don’t be shy. We have all had our Eureka! Moments, only to find out that someone has already invented it. Someone has always already invented it.

Pai Gow is a form of poker that is very popular with the Asian gaming community. It is not sure how the game was first invented, but two names that are often cited in the role of God are Sam Torosian and Fred Wolf.

Torosian was the owner of the Bell Card Club in Las Vegas. Some sources say that Torosian created Pai Gow from the flames of a Chinese game known as Puy Soy, a 13-card poker game. Torosian thought a 13-hand poker game was bad for business. Too slow. So he devised a two-hand game, one with five cards and one with two. The rest is a blurred history.

Fred Wolf used to be the manager of the Commerce Casino card room in Los Angeles. It is believed that during his tenure Wolf fell in love with the game of Pai Gow that was played by the Chinese. In this version of the game they used dominoes and dice. Wolf decided to replace the tiles with a 52-deck of cards plus one joker. After incorporating the standard poker hand-ranking system the new form of Pai Gow was born.

These day’s people have forgotten the past and are scared to death of the future. All that matters is the here and now. Pai Gow is a here and now moment. It is one of the most popular games in the casino so who cares where it came from? The winners certainly don’t.