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Chinese Poker

How to Play Chinese Poker
by Jerald of

Chinese Poker is a card game where each player (2-4 players) receives 13 cards and has to arrange them into 3 separate hands. This game is similar to PaiGow poker where you get 7 cards and make 2 hands. The 3 hands in Chinese Poker are the "back" hand consisting of 5 cards, the "middle" hand consisting of 5 cards and the "front" hand which has 3 cards. The "back" hand must outrank the "middle" hand and the "middle" hand must outrank the "front" hand. In order to determine the rank of the hand you use the standard poker rules for the "back" and "middle" hands. Here are the standard poker hand rankings:

1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a kind
4. Full House
5. Flush
6. Straight
7. Three of a kind
8. Two pair
9. One Pair
10. High Card

The "front" can only have three of a kind, a pair or high card. There are no straights or flushes for the "front" hand.

To determine the winner, the players compare their hands. Each player compares their hand to each of the other players so there are 6 matchups (assuming 4 players).

Player #1 vs #2
Player #1 vs #3
Player #1 vs #4
Player #2 vs #3
Player #2 vs #4
Player #3 vs #4

There are numerous ways to score the winner. Here are the most common:

2/4 - In this scoring you would get 2 units if you win 2 of the 3 hands and 4 units if you win all 3 hands.
1/4 - In this scoring you would get 1 unit if you win 2 of the 3 hands and 4 units if you win all 3 hands.
1/6 - In this scoring you win 1 unit if you win 2 of the 3 hands and 6 units if you win all 3 hands.

Variations - There are many variations that can be used. Here are some of them:

Bonuses - A bonus is given if certain hands are made. A straight flush in the back or middle earns 4 units, 4 of a kind in the back or middle earns 3 units, a full house in the middle earns 1 unit and 3 of a kind in the front earns 2 units.

Special Hands - Sometimes units are earned for special hands like all 13 cards being in sequence, 6 pairs in a hand, 3 straights or 3 flushes. These special situations must be agreed upon before beginning play.


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