- Just grab a deck of cards. No blinds, no antes, no buttons needed.
- Betting structure is on a per-point basis. Payouts occur after each hand.
- 3 hands (back, middle and top) are set for each player (similar to Chinese Poker).
- The back hand has 5 cards, the middle hand has 5 cards and the top hand has 3 cards.
- The back hand must be better than the middle hand and the middle hand must be better than the top hand.
- If the back hand is not your strongest hand and your middle hand your second strongest, you have a fouled hand.
- The first 5 cards are dealt to each player face down and set into any of the 3 hands.
- Once all cards are set, each hand is revealed.
- Each player then receives 1 card until 13 cards are in each hand. Each card is set in a hand once received.
Determining a Winner
- Similar hands are compared to determine a winner (Back vs Back, Middle vs Middle, Top vs Top).
- If you win 2 of 3 hands, you win 1 point. If you sweep all 3 hands, you win 6 points.
- A fouled hand is worth 6 points to your opponent.
If you are more visual than textual, take a look at some photos of Open Face Chinese Poker hand examples.
Initially Set Starting Hand
This photo shows what a hand looks like after the first 5 cards are received and set.
This is what an an Open Face Chinese Poker hand looks like once all 13 cards are received. After your first 5 cards are received and set, you will receive one card at a time to set.
This is an example of a fouled hand in Open Face Chinese Poker. Notice the middle hand is stronger than the bottom hand.
When Open Face Chinese Poker is played with 'royalties', bonus points are awarded when certain hands are made. Royalties are not awarded if you foul your hand.
Back Hand Royalties
Cards Points Straight 2 Flush 4 Full House 6 Quads 8 Straight Flush 10 Royal Flush 20
Middle Hand Royalties
Cards Points Straight 4 Flush 8 Full House 12 Quads 16 Straight Flush 20 Royal Flush 40
Top Hand Royalties
Cards Points Pair of 6s 1 Point Pair of 7s 2 Pair of 8s 3 Pair of 9s 4 Pair of 10s 5 Pair of Jacks 6 Pair of Queens 7 Pair of Kings 8 Pair of Aces 9 Trip 2s 10 Trip 3s 11 Trip 4s 12 Trip 5s 13 Trip 6s 14 Trip 7s 15 Trip 8s 16 Trip 9s 17 Trip 10s 18 Trip Jacks 19 Trip Queens 20 Trip Kings 21 Trip Aces 22
When you have a pair of queens or better in the top hand you enter what is called "fantasyland" (think NBA Jams 'on fire!'). When in fantasyland you receive all 13 cards at once and set your hand like a normal Chinese Poker hand. Receiving all of your cards and not having to guess what's coming next is a massive advantage. Players may stay in fantasyland for multiple hands as long as queens or better are achieved in the top hand.
- It is often correct to risk fouling your hand and go for royalty hands.
- Once you have a royalty, be sure to not foul your hand.
- When royalties are not possible, concentrate on not fouling your hand.
- Watch the outs that appear in your opponents hands to determine where to place your next card.
OFC 2-7 Pineapple is the latest variant to be launched at Tonybet Poker. Itself a variant of regular Pineapple (learn more about that here), deuce to seven Pineapple is a lowball version with a few strategic differences.
Tonybet team pro Pedro Marte explains the rules of OFC 2-7 Pineapple in the video above.
Open Face Chinese Poker: Learn How to Play the Game
Shaun Deeb teaches Kristy Arnett how to play Open Face Chinese.
This Video Contains:
- Shaun Deeb
- Kristy Arnett
- Learn the basics of Open Face Chinese Poker
Open Face Chinese Poker: The First Ever Live Tournament
The 2013 PokerStars Caribbean Adventure hosts the first ever live tournament.
This Video Contains:
- Daniel Negreanu
- Victor Ramdin
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