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Better Pai Gow Poker

Product: i-Verify, Manufacturer: Shuffle Master, Inc.

Better Pai Gow Poker

Product:  i-Verify
Manufacturer:  Shuffle Master, Inc.

Shuffle Master, which invented the automatic card-shuffler and subsequently introduced a collection of new table games, side bets, progressives and related technology, has taken on another challenge—take the complexity out of pai gow poker.

Although named after the Chinese domino game pai gow, the poker version is a completely separate game using a 52-card deck and a single joker. Considered a relatively simple game, the player and the dealer must create two separate poker hands out of the seven-card hands dealt out to both: a five-card hand and a two-card poker hand. To win, a player must best both of the dealer’s two hands. The game gets tricky in the rules on how to “set” the hands and even more involved as how dealers must arrange their own hands can vary by a casino’s own house ways.  
To take the perplexity out of the game, Shuffle Master has introduced i-Verify system, which, in conjunction with the company’s i-Deal single-deck specialty shuffler, can be used to communicate to the dealer how to set his hands according to house procedures. An LCD touch-screen display embedded into the table between the chip tray and the player betting positions communicates the best hands and eliminates the need for dealers to memorize complex house-way rules.   

The i-Verify system also can be used to confirm the dealer’s hands, and to make sure the player’s hands are correctly set. It generates and displays a random number to determine a rotation for each round of play and includes a built-in payout calculator that can be used to eliminate commission errors or disputes.  

Since its introduction a year ago, casinos have reported that the i-Verify has reduced training time for new dealers. Player satisfaction has improved as the i-Verify also can be used to let individuals set their hands without exposing their cards to the other players. Players also feel more comfortable that the game is being properly administered.

For further information about the i-Verify, contact Shuffle Master at 702-897-7150 or visit

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