Where to Play Pai Gow in London

Where to Play Pai Gow in London

Pai Gow Poker is increasing in popularity, but far from eclipsing its tile-based predecessor, it's encouraging more and more players to give it a try: and London is a great place to sample this ancient Chinese game.

If you're not already familiar with the format, Pai Gow tiles is played with a set of 32 dominoes. After putting down a stake, players are dealt two pairs of tiles. These must then be arranged into two hands, both of which add up to as close to nine as possible, with the aim of getting closer than the dealer. If both pairs do so, the player wins at even money, if one pair wins and the other loses it's a push, if both lose, the player loses.

At the moment, London Clubs International is the only casino group offering Pai Gow tiles to its punters, meaning you'll only find it in two venues:

1. Casino at the Empire

Passers-by may know this casino primarily for its connecting cinema, which often plays host to the glamorous film premieres that spill into Leicester square. However, the side entrance opens straight into the heart of London's bustling Chinatown and, as anyone familiar with Chinese customs will know, you only ever enter a casino through the side or back entrances if you want to leave with the shirt on your back.

Often frequented by Chinatown locals, the casino puts the ancient game of Pai Gow tiles in pride of place among its games. Entry is free, players don't have to become members in order to indulge, and the helpful staff are ready to explain the finer points of the game.

The Empire also offers American Roulette, Blackjack, eSports, Punto Banco(Baccarat), Three Card Poker, and a separate poker room.

2. Hippodrome Casino

Located on the opposite corner of Leicester Square, the Hippodrome Casino has been regularly re-purposed for use as a theatre, a jazz club and a nightclub during its 114 year history, before finally being restored to its original 1900 design for the princely sum of £40m in 2012.

Again, there are no membership requirements and the dress code is relaxed (though patrons tend to be on the smart side of casual). Patrons can also partake in a range of entertainment that includes cabaret theatre and cocktail bars alongside three floors of gaming.

Aside from Pai Gow, games on offer include Roulette, Blackjack, Baccarat, Three Card Poker and Dice (Craps); plus the casino regularly hosts Poker Stars Live tournaments.

The Golden Nuggest Closes

LCI's third venue, the Golden Nugget, closed in February 2014, denying gamblers a third space to play Pai Gow, but with the company reporting successful take-up following the game's introduction, expect other casino operators to follow their lead soon.

In the meantime, you can practise your Pai Gow Poker skills online, or sample something more familiar in the form of Pai Gow Poker over at Winner Casino.

Recommended Casino Sites

shield of trust Secure trusted partners Trusted star verified Verified
Bell Icon
Affiliate Disclosure: At Gambling.com, we want to ensure that players are matched with the right casino and sportsbook offers for them. For this reason, some of the recommended site links are affiliate links. This means that if you visit a website through our link and make a deposit, Gambling.com will receive a commission payment at no extra cost to you. At Gambling.com, we want to ensure that players are matched with the right casino and sportsbook offers for them. For this reason, some of the recommended site links are affiliate links. More
  1. 1

    Deposit Bonus up to $1000 + 200 Free Spins

  2. 2

    200% Welcome Bonus up to NZ$2500 + 50 Free Spins

  3. 3

    Up to $1000 and 300 Free Spins for your first three deposits
    Bonus Code: NITRO1

  4. 4

    Welcome Bonus 100 Free Spins + 100%N$200 Bonus

  5. 5

    Get 100% Up To $1000

  6. 6

    Welcome Package 250 Spins + up to NZ$777

  7. 7

    Exclusive 100% bonus up to NZ$300 + 100 Free Spins
    Bonus Code: NZ300

  8. 8

    100% Up To $300 + 50 Free Spins

  9. 9

    500% Welcome Bonus up to NZ$500
    Bonus Code: NEON

  10. 10

    Get a 200% Matchup Bonus up to N$5000