Learn to play chinese poker

Chinese poker

If you know how to play Texas Hold’em, the Chinese poker discovered will not be very complicated. Find out how it works and put your knowledge into practice.  

What is it?

The open or discovered Chinese poker is a variant of the increasingly popular card game. In addition, those who know the origin of poker will know that it is said that the game began in China a few centuries ago.

Although there are no exact data, everything indicates that Chinese poker has its origin in a game of dominoes and is also called discovered because the cards are visible to all players, without the possibility of bluffing.

This modality is increasingly fashionable and we can often see professionals participating in tournaments of this type. Let’s see how it works!

Chinese poker rules and score discovered

The first rule and main difference with the usual mode, is that there are no bets. Chinese poker is based on a point system , so the money or the chips you play with will be equivalent to a series of points that we will specify later.

It is played with the classic deck of 52 cards, and in total each player will receive 13 cards. That said, there will be a maximum of four players in each game .

As shown in the image of the beginning – with four players – each participant must place their cards in 3 streets:

  • The street below with 5 cards is the back hand
  • The middle street with 5 cards is the middle hand
  • The top street with 3 cards is the top or front hand
  • The back hand play must be the best of the three, the second most valuable must be the middle one and the least valuable play must be the front hand. If your hands do not comply with this rule, it is a foul or foul and it will mean that you have lost all three hands directly and can calculate your score.

The scoring rules of Chinese poker (online) are the complicated part of it, and it will cost us the most at the beginning. But do not worry, after a day playing you will have it almost controlled.

If a player wins all three streets to another, he will have done what is called SCOOP and the winning player will add 3 points. To calculate the score, each player’s street is compared street by street. The street won adds 1 point and the street lost subtract 1 point .

Losing your hand = -3 points, and if you have needed it, you will have one point less for each street.

Although this does not have much complication, the score in open Chinese poker is complicated with extra points or royalties.

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