Pai Gow is a popular table game with roots in ancient China, and a long and storied history in Japan. While gambling in general is illegal in the country, there are a few exceptions, and Pai Gow is one of them. This game is often found in the traditional Japanese game centers, as well as in casinos.
Pai Gow is easy to learn and play, making it appealing to both novice and experienced players. Players work with tiles, rather than cards, which is another attractive aspect of the game; most Japanese players prefer the tactile feel of the tiles to the cards. Additionally, Pai Gow offers a relaxing, social atmosphere that is enhanced by the game's slow pace.