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Chinese Poker and Its Intricacies

Chinese poker is a game where both luck and skills are equally important in order to win against up to three other players. Chinese poker is a form of card game with the objective of organizing thirteen cards into three different poker hands to heighten its combined value. There are several ways to arrange the cards, and most of the time, there is no set rule as to which variation is the right one. Sometimes, the player uses intuition in arranging his or her Chinese poker card.

Playing Online Chinese Poker

If it is your first time to go join an online game room of Chinese poker, you are considered to be just an observer. You would need to wait for your turn to play until the next round begins. To reserve your seat, you can click on any of the seats that are empty. Once you are seated at an assigned Chinese poker table, you can then start to play on the next round of cards. If only you and another player are on the table and want to play, you can click on "deal" to request the Chinese poker server to start dealing cards.

At the beginning of a new Chinese poker game, each player is given thirteen cards, all placed in the bottom card slots. You can then click on the cards to choose them for the poker hands. Once you've been given your choice of one 3-card hand and two 5-card hand, you can then click on "move up" to move the set to the upper card slots. Click on the "submit" button to send your arrangement to the dealer.

When all the Chinese poker players have submitted their arrangement, the dealer will display all the cards and calculate how much each player has won or lost. The cards from each player are then compared with those of the other players based on the established game rule.

Legal Poker Sets and Value

In order to get an idea of what is required when playing Chinese poker, you have to be aware that the top set should have three cards. In decreasing value, the possible variations for the top hand are:

  • Triple. three cards with same rank.
  • Pair. Two of the three cards should have the same rank.
  • Trash: none of the cards are the same.

The middle and the bottom poker hands should each have five cards. In decreasing value, the possible variations are:

  • Straight Flush. Five cards, same suit forming a repeated sequence.
  • Quadruples. Four cards with the same rank with an extra card.
  • Full House. Three cards with the same rank and two remaining cards also of the same different rank.
  • Flush. Five cards of the same suit.
  • Straight. Five cards in consecutive sequence.
  • Triple. Three cards with the same rank plus 2 extra cards.
  • Two Pairs. Two pairs of cards, same rank plus 1 extra card.
  • Pair. One pair of cards, same rank plus 3 extra cards.
  • Trash. All cards with different ranks, not all have the same suit.

Suggestions for Beginners

For beginners, Chinese poker may be confusing at first. Once you get to know it, playing Chinese poker becomes simpler. You will get more comfortable and quickly develop your own strategy as you play more games.

It does take some time to play well depending on the frequency of your exposure to the game. Once you learn to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of a certain variation over another variation, you have finally mastered Chinese poker.