Having Some Fun with Poker

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tadas PeckaitisTadas “My Poker Coaching” Peckaitis

Most poker players choose to play Texas Hold’em or Omaha and ignore the fact that there are so many different poker games which can also be a lot of fun. Obviously, it would be hard to play these games for a living, but they work well if you want to introduce something different into your weekly home game routine. If you feel like trying something new, why not give these two games a chance?

Chinese Poker

Before trying it, make sure to study and understand the rules. It plays very differently from standard poker games and is based on counting points instead of betting and raising as we are used to seeing. Moreover, it has a few different formats, so you have to learn the basics before jumping into this game.

The most popular variant is OFC (Open Face Chinese) poker. This game can be played with two, three or four players and each of them gets a total of 13 cards. The goal is to arrange your cards in three lines:

  • The top line has only three cards, and the best possible combination here is trips. This hand should be the weakest one compared to the other lines.
  • The middle line has five cards and all combinations count like in regular poker. It has to be stronger than the top line, but weaker than the bottom.
  • The bottom line has five cards as well and has to be the strongest one.

If you do not follow the rule for the strength of the lines, you fault the hand and lose at once. Therefore, you have to think in advance and try not to make this mistake.

Before playing the game, you have to decide the value of the points and pay out winning players accordingly. To learn how to count points simply Google “OFC points” and you will quickly get a feel for this game.

Irish poker

This game is much easier because it relies on Texas Hold’em poker rules with some mix of Omaha. We can say it brings the best from both games and combines them to produce maximum fun at the table.

The game play is fairly straightforward; players post blinds and everyone is dealt in. The only difference from Texas Hold’em is that you get four cards at the beginning instead of two and the action starts. The whole beauty of the game appears on the flop, where every player has to decide which two cards he is going to fold and which he is going to keep.

That is the only difference in the game. After seeing the flop and choosing which cards you are playing, you continue as in any Texas Hold’em hand until everyone folds, or you see a showdown.

If you have not tried this game try to explain it to your poker buddies, and you’ll be surprised how much excitement and/or confusion it can bring to your poker routine.

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