The Grand Sierra Resort offers table action from Blackjack to Pai Gow Poker and everything in between. With free, in-person gaming instruction and a casual, relaxed gaming atmosphere, all players are welcome.
Baccarat may be the simplest of the casino games by virtue of the fact that you need make only one decision. That is, whether to wager on the "player" or the "bank."
The object of the game is to get as close to nine as possible. Ties are a standoff. The game is dealt from an eight-deck shoe. Only two hands are dealt, "Player" and "Bank." Each is dealt two cards alternately. Cards equal their face value and tens and face cards count as zero.
Whether or not a third card is dealt is determined by the total of the first two cards. The third card rule is automatic and handled by the dealer. There are never more than three cards dealt per hand. All "player" bets are paid at even money. Ties are paid at eight to one. "Bank" bets are paid at even money and are subject to a 5% commission.
The game of 21 is just that. The object is to have a hand value that is closer to 21 than that of the dealer, without going over 21. Ties are a standoff or a push as they are more commonly referred to. All cards are counted at face value. Tens and face cards are counted as ten. Aces can count as either one or eleven.
Craps is an ancient game. It has a history at least as far back as the Roman Empire. Craps is played with one pair of dice. The goal is to roll the same number twice without rolling a seven. There are two stages to the game. The roll(s) before the "point" is established, and the rest that follow until the shooter either makes his "point", or loses the round by rolling a seven.
We do offer free, hands-on instruction to the game of craps and that is really the best way to learn.
Let-it-Ride Stud Poker
Let-it-Ride is a variation of five-card-stud with the possibility of winning up to $25,000 aggregate (not including bonus) per hand. The player is dealt three cards and uses the dealer's two cards as a community hand. Each player has the option of making three bets. The 1, 2, $.
The players are then dealt three cards each and the dealer receives two cards. The dealers cards are dealt face down. At this point the player has the option to let their bet ride or take back their number one bet. After all players have had a chance to act on their first bet, the dealer exposes the first of his down cards. The player then has the opportunity to let the next bet ride or take back the number two bet.
When all players have made a decision regarding their number two bet, the dealer exposes the second down card and all five cards play on the $ bet.
Decisions regarding the player's hands are made in accordance with a "Pay Chart" that is listed on the table. The game is not played against the dealer.
Pai Gow Poker
Pai Gow Poker gives card players the best of both worlds. This exciting game combines the ancient Chinese game of Pai Gow with the American classic, poker. Played with a regular deck of 52 cards plus one joker - which can be used only as an ace, or to fill out a straight, flush or a straight flush - the game produces some robust card combinations.
The objective is simple. Each player receives seven cards. The players then arrange their cards into two hands (one of five cards and one of two cards) using traditional poker rankings. The highest two-card hand would be a pair of aces. The highest five-card hand would be five aces. Ultimately, players strive for the five-card hand to rank higher than its two-card counterpart.
Take a moment to review our game instructions to see how the game is played. Or, feel free to ask any of our professional and friendly dealers or pit supervisors for assistance in learning Pai Gow. They will be happy to answer your questions.
Pai Gow Tiles
This is probably the most intricate of casino games. Also known as Chinese Dominoes the game is steeped in tradition and folklore. The game is played with a set of 32 dominoes or tiles. Each one containing a certain number of dots. The tiles are shuffled, stacked and cut. A set of three dice are rolled to determine the order of deal.
The tiles are dealt four at a time to each hand. The best hand is the highest pair. There are eleven pair that are ranked from highest to lowest. After pairs, the next best hand is a nine count, eight, seven, six and so on. Hands are set so as to have two distinct pair. A high hand and a low hand. In order to win, both hands must win, otherwise it is a tie.
Once all the players have set their hand, the bank or house exposes their tiles. The dealer or bank then sets the hand and compares it to each player. Winning hands are subject to a 5% commission.
Poker, Nevada style is much like the game you play in your parlor. The only exception being that the dealer remains the same and the deck is not passed. However a button is used to denote the player/dealer. Games that are generally offered are Seven Card Stud, Hold 'Em and High Low.
Roulette is probably the most popular game played worldwide. It is played in every major casino and is the primary game in Europe. Roulette consists of a wheel marked with numbers one through thirty-six and American Roulette has a 0 and 00. The numbered portion of the layout is called the inside. There are additional bets that can be made outside the numbers and this area is called the outside. In this area you can bet on red or black numbers, even or odd numbers, the first 18 numbers or the last 18 numbers. You can also bet the 12 number columns as well as the first 12, second 12 or third 12.
Roulette usually requires a minimum buy-in of 20 times the minimum bet on a single number. For example, a fifty cent minimum game would require a ten dollar buy-in.
Three Card Poker
With the exception of two pair, this game uses the traditional poker rankings with a couple of exceptions. You only need three cards to make a straight and only three of one suit to make a flush. In this game a straight is higher than a flush.
The payoffs are determined by the pay schedule printed on the table layout.