Open Face Chinese Poker Grows on Pros

01/16/2014
By Pamela PattersonGoogle
The game is very random and as such it is largely based on luck. Even beginners are in with a good chance of taking down a hand against a player that has been playing the game for a while. Right now the question is whether or not it will become a popular online poker game. If it does, despite the randomness of the game, the pros have said they still think there is an opportunity to take cash from the fish.

There are exactly the same card rankings in the game as there are in most poker games. The Ace is the highest card and the 2 is lowest card, so there is no change. 52 cards are used in a French style deck, which is the deck all poker games use, and the play rotates in an orbit in a clockwise motion, so the dealer deals the cards to the play on the left first, and the players to left of the dealer are first to act.

Players play with units, which are essentially chips with a value. Pros playing the game agree on the price of each unit prior to the game. Players will get 13 cards each in the game and this hand is split into 3 different poker hands in a process called ‘setting’. The middle hand and the back hand will have 5 cards while the front hand has 3 cards. The back hand must have the highest ranking poker hand while the front must use the lowest.

In the 3 card hand you cannot use flushes or straights as you would in 3-card poker. At this stage all cards are set face down. Players then announce their hands to each other. The rules state that if a player has all flushes or all straights in the front, middle and back hands simultaneously then the player will win the hand regardless of other hands rankings. The great thing about this is now the front hand can use a straight or flush in this case.

In the hand below you can see the player has 2 flushes and a pair of kings for this hand. The flush in the back hand is the highest ranking hand, while the middle hand flush is the lowest ranking flush, and then the front hand has 3 cards as a pair of Kings with 10 kicker.



Having the Second Best Hand Wins

All three hands play in this game, so the winning front hand will get 1 unit from each player, the winning middle hand and back hand will also do the same.

Play for Different Stakes

Some players even make side bets against each other or play for different stakes against each other. Therefore, if player 1 beats player 2 and they decided $50.00 units, then they would exchange $50.00 units with each other, while player 3 is only playing $10.00 stakes, and so will only exchange this amount.

There is still a lot more to the game than meets the eye, and the pros like it because they can change stakes up and down. Look out for more information on OFC as the game grows and more tactics and strategy come to light.
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