Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 9:48 a.m.
Aces and jokers have been flying at the pai gow poker tables this month at Cannery casinos, with jackpots paying out more than $316,000.
Three players, each drawing hands of five aces, have hit jackpots for more than $56,000 at the Eastside Cannery and the Cannery Casino. That follows an April 15 progressive jackpot of more than $260,000 on a seven-card straight at the Eastside casino.
Five aces are the highest hand in pai gow, consisting of four aces and a joker that plays as an ace.Pai gow is similar to a Chinese domino game of the same name. It uses a 53-card deck with a joker. Players compete one-on-one with the dealer.
Among the pai gow payouts this month, all winning on five-ace hands:
• April 5: $27,282 at Eastside Cannery.
• April 14: $15,106 at Cannery Casino.
• April 18: $13,979 at Eastside Cannery.
The Cannery progressive jackpot is currently at $128,848. The two Cannery casinos became the first in Las Vegas to link their pai gow pots into a progressive jackpot with no commission fees.
Pai gow is similar to a Chinese domino game of the same name. It uses a 53-card deck with a joker. Players compete one-on-one with the dealer.
The Eastside Cannery Casino is located at 5255 Boulder Highway in Las Vegas. Cannery Casino is located at 2121 E Craig Road, North Las Vegas, Nevada.