How to Host a Pai Gow Party

Many of us cannot afford to visit Las Vegas or Atlantic City, or we just do not have the time.  The next best thing is to host your own party.  You and your family and friends can enjoy playing Pai Gow without having to spend large amounts of money.  You will need to be prepared, and having the right equipment is the first step to a successful Pai Gow party.

Also look into the legalities of having a Pai Gow party.  Much like for, different countries and states have different laws, but if you do not charge an entrance fee or take commission on wins you should be fine! As long as no one can accuse you of running a casino from home, you’re in the clear!

What You Will Need

You will need to get a table, cards and poker chips. You can either use your dining room table and cover it with poker felt or you can get hold of a custom universal table.  If you intend hosting these parties often it may be worth it to buy a proper table.  The playing chips must be in different denominations and there are many options and places to get these.  You can either buy composites, ceramics or clay chips, or you can opt for the cheaper options depending on your budget.

You will also need playing cards.  Once again there are various options.  The plastic ones are better as they shuffle easier and move across the table faster.  They can also be cleaned.  You will need chairs.  You can use chairs you already have depending on how many people you intend inviting.  If you host a Pai Gow evening with people you do not know having a money box is a safer bet, and these are easy to find online or in your local store.


You will need to choose a banker; maybe a friend could help you out with that.  It is also a good idea to go over the rules of the game or have them posted somewhere where everyone can read them.  Making sure everyone knows the house rules is important to a smooth, flowing Pai Gow evening.

No Cheaters

Cheating is one of those nasty things that sometimes happen in casino games, so inviting friends to your Pai Gow party is probably the best way to avoid this, as people you know and who know each other are not usually out to crook one another. If you do suspect someone of cheating the best way to handle it is to call that person aside and ask them.

Create a Vegas Style Atmosphere

If you want to emulate a real Vegas night out, you can always add a few décor items to make your party even more authentic. Big dice, cocktails with swizzle sticks, playing card décor and food that follows a red and black theme are a great way to add a bit of pizazz to any party that makes you think of Sin City!