When the term “Chinese Poker” is used it is meant to describe a variant of a card game where the basic “hand rakings” of Poker are adhered to.
For instance (from http://www.pokerlistings.com/poker-hand-ranking):
- Royal Flush – A straight from a ten to an ace with all five cards of the same suit. In poker all suits are ranked equally.
- Straight Flush – Any straight with all five cards of the same suit.
- Four of a Kind – Any four cards of the same rank. If two players share the same Four of a Kind (on the board), the bigger fifth card (the “kicker”) decides who wins the pot.
- Full House – Any three cards of the same rank together with any two cards of the same rank.
- Flush – Any five cards of the same suit (not consecutive). The highest card of the five determines the rank of the flush. Our example shows an Ace-high flush, which is the highest possible.
- Straight – Any five consecutive cards of different suits. Aces can count as either a high or a low card.
- Three of a Kind – Any three cards of the same rank.
- Two Pair – Any two cards of the same rank together with another two cards of the same rank.
- One Pair – Any two cards of the same rank.
- High Card – Any hand not in the above-mentioned hands.
As to be expected, Chinese Poker is still a game that’s largely based on pure luck; however, those who are more experienced will find ways to separate themselves from the pack and pull ahead.
Starting off, everyone agrees on what the standard unit is to be, this will serve as a sort of currency. Then, each player is dealt 13 cards (out of a 52-card deck). From here you are to split your hand into 3 parts; 2 of the parts must have 5 cards leaving the last part to contain only 3 cards. They are arranged thusly:
- Back hand – Has to be the highest ranking hand
- Middle hand – …
- Front hand – Has to be the lowest ranking hand
Each of the three separate hands and placed faced down, in descending order of importance. Once that’s finished, each player will lay out their “royalties” (which are perks based on the unit), before revealing their cards. 3 straights or flushes mean an automatic win for a particular hand. You collect one unit for each hand that that you beat of each corresponding player. Rules may vary, as some people might propose different units for different players or even additional units granted to those who have 2 or more winning hands per round.
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