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Chinese Poker
Posted at 06/03/2009 11 AM in General Discussions by The Greedy Gecko.
Chinese poker, also known as Russian poker, is getting more popular all over the world although it originally started in Asia as the name indicates. It is even played online now making it easily available to everyone especially the new players who may want to learn how to play it.

Chinese poker is a multiple handed game with a maximum of four players per for each deck. The Chinese poker game objective is quite easy: form four powerful standard poker hands by arranging 13 card sets. Two hands will have five cards a piece, which is also called the middle and the back, while the third one will only have three cards and is referred to as the front. The same process can automatically be done online based on the strongest hands, though high level strategy needs manual hand construction. The back has to be the top ranked while the front should be the lowest ranked hand. The back hand should not be revealed before the player and should be played in this order: the central hand is dealt facing down on the table before the back hand, and then the front hand is dealt facing down on the table before the middle hand. Although this may sound complicated, it will be easy to understand when practicing it as a free online game.

Once everyone has their cards properly arranged, each player announces in turn, if the play is going clockwise. All players reveal their royalties before showing their hands. The rules are quite simple because they only require basic understanding of poker hand rankings to begin. Apart from that, there is also the element of luck involved, meaning even a beginner can stern a more experienced player if he happens to have good luck with his cards. The nature of ones cards can also determine the results of the game though more experienced players have better strategy which they can use to their advantage compared to beginners or poor players.

The stakes used in the game are referred to as units. Players have to agree on the amount and abide by the rules of the game before play begins. In this game coming in second can also win you some money unlike other games. In certain variants of the same game, players get additional money when they win two or three of the hands. While in other variants, players only get additional money only when they are able to scoop everything in the pot. Because of the head to head kind of competition in this game, players are allowed to bet differently in terms of money. A good example is X and Y can play for $5 per unit while the rest of the players play for $1 per unit. When a player decides to quit, he is penalized more money compared to the money one could loose in two hands in a game but not more than the amount one looses when he is scooped in all the three games. Other games donít allow quitting.

This card game also allows special hands, if two special hands are playing each other, the one with the superior one wins the entire amount while the one with the least loses the value of it but if it is still a valid hand then he can win over the rest of the players. Once the special hands are through, the other players can show their cards and settle their bets on their own without the involvement of the special hands. Anyone playing as a special hand can decide not to declare, but opt to put up more hands in the usual procedure.

However, this means that he cannot win automatically although he stands a better chance of winning more units than if he was to play the usual way.

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