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Open-Face Chinese Poker Basics

by Derric Haynie |  Published: Apr 02, 2014


You may have heard of a little game spreading around the casinos like wildfire called Open-Face Chinese Poker — OFC for short. Maybe you have seen two or three players in the corner putting a bunch of cards down in some sort of nonsensical tiered way, then exchanging some money afterwards. This game is a complex improvement and variant to the game Chinese Poker called “open-face.” It combines strategy concepts from poker, Chinese Poker, and even board games like chess, backgammon, or go. And yes, pineapple-OFC (the 3-card draw variant) is the newer, cooler version, but I am going to start off with some traditional OFC rules and strategies before diving into pineapple in a later article. Here are some of the basic rules to traditional open-face to get you started: • There is a button that keeps track of position. • Each player is dealt a five-card starting hand. ...

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