Panguingue, also known as Pan, is another game that originated in the Philippines, but this one dates back to the 19th century. Like Tong-its Pan is a rummy based game. It was first described in the USA in 1905 before gaining popularity in Las Vegas and many other casinos across the Southwest of America. However, its popularity has waned in recent years, which explains why it is found in a few casinos in California and in-house games and online poker sites.
Pan is traditionally played using the 320-card deck, which comprises eight cards, whilst the Jokers, tens, nines and eights are removed. In some casinos, the players use 5,6 or 11 and remove a set of spades from the deck. Unlike the Anglo-American deck, the players use the 40-cards Spanish deck for any game with Jack, King, Cavalier, Ace and 2-7 in the Philippines.
Each player pays the top, whose value sets all the players’ pays. It’s also allowed to play with a two-chip ante known as double tops; it just means the game is more high stakes. Unlike most other casino games, the dealing and playing rotation is right, and each player gets ten cards. Starting with the eldest hand, each player either agrees to play or fold their hand, with the latter losing their top. If all but one player folds, the last player receives the tops, and the hand is finished.
Panguingue plans to take a card from the top of the discarded pile or stock, and the moment they do so, they are not allowed to use the discard pile. The player must then use the card in a valid meld placed on the table, discarded immediately.