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Chinese Poker: Past, Present, and Future

History of Chinese Poker

Like most poker games, the origins of Chinese poker are a bit confusing or unclear. What is clear, though, is that the game bears a striking resemblance to Pai Gow poker. They are both 'setting games' wherein a player is dealt thirteen cards from which they need to form three sets of poker hands. Pai Gow is a 7-card poker with two sets of one 5-card poker hand and one 2-card hand. On the other hand, Chinese poker is a 13-card poker game wherein the players are to make a 3-card hand and two 5-card hands. A version of Pai Gow was first played in the 10th century AD. It is, most probably, safe to say that Chinese poker also has the same ancient roots.

The game was popular in Mainland China and in other areas in the Far East but it only caught the attention of poker players in the West in 1995 when it was featured as one of the events in the World Series of Poker (WSOP). It was in 1997 when WSOP discontinued the event, but there were already some loyal followers among high rolling poker professionals. The stakes at which the game is played and the size of the losses of some tournament pros would shock the average Chinese poker player. In a certain month long game of Chinese poker, over $1.5 million was won by Ted Forrest over Barry Greenstein. Phil Ivey won half a million dollars over Phil Hellmuth in a game.

It's a fun game to play but one needs to be warned that a lot of Chinese poker players got addicted to it. The reason why this game is so popular among the high rolling poker pros is because it's a fast-paced game and the action is always heavy. Win or lose, the game is guaranteed to get one's blood running.

Chinese Poker Prospect

The game has become a global sport that anybody can play no matter what their background is. Players from different parts of the world play online and battle it out for growing payouts. Chinese poker is growing larger everyday and is looking for new sources of revenue. The poker industry has set its eyes on China.

Dragon Ventures, a high-tech holding company, is one of first companies to enter the untouched Chinese poker market. In a recent press release, CEO Lawrence Wang is extremely excited about marketing rights for CardRoom.net. Poker is on the rise in the U.S. and Europe. The popularity of poker will be gaining attraction in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China in the not so distant future.

The Rebirth

Chinese poker has resurfaced, becoming really popular in both home games and on the professional circuit. The driving force behind it is its presence in blogs and various types of publicity. Forums are now flooded with Chinese poker topics which draws players like magnets. At tournaments, Chinese poker is considered one of the hottest games available. Pros tell stories of their wins and losses, convincing fans and followers to try it out.

Although sometimes tricky, it is fun to play in Chinese poker tournaments. So whenever you get a chance, it's great to try one. In any case if someone's going to win big money, it might as well be you.

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