How to Play Chinese Poker
If you play at legitimate online casinos, you’ve probably played various forms of poker. You’ve probably played 3 Card Poker, Texas Hold’em Bonus Poker, and even Stud 3D Poker. However, have you ever played Chinese Poker?
Chinese Poker is a traditional poker game that you can still find at a few online poker rooms. Today, we will give you the basics of how to play Chinese Poker.
Rules of Chinese Poker
Chinese Poker is unlike any other poker game you’ve played. It is part poker game and part puzzle. The object of the game is to make three poker hands out of 13 cards. Two hands will be five-card hands and one hand will be a three-card hand.
To start the game, each player is dealt 13 cards face down. You will then sort your hand into three poker hands. Here is an example:
Notice that the bottom hand is higher than the middle hand, and the middle hand is higher than the top three-card hand. When you set your three hands, the hands must be set in order from lowest to highest.
If you fail to set your cards in the proper order, this is considered a foul and you automatically lose the hand. In some games, your opponent receives additional points for a foul.
Chinese Poker Scoring
The object of Chinese Poker is to make three poker hands, but the way you win money in the game is by setting hands that are better than your opponent’s hand. For each hand that beats your opponent, you get a point. For each hand you lose, you lose a point.
Let’s look at a quick example:
In this example, Player 1 gets one point for winning with a pair of tens. Player 2 gets one point for winning the middle hand with a better two pair. Player 1 wins the bottom hand with a better straight. In the end, Player 1 finishes up one point. Each point is worth a set dollar amount, such as $5 per point. For this example, Player 1 won $5.
Special Points and Royalties
In standard games, there are situations where you will win bonus points. The most common is when you scoop a hand by winning all three hands. In this case, you will get three bonus points. Next, you can get extra points by scoring big hands in select spots. These are referred to as royalties.
For example, in the Front Hands (three-card hand), you will get three bonus points for three of a kind. In the middle hand, you will get an extra point for a full house, an extra three points for four of a kind, and four bonus points for a straight flush. The back or bottom hand will award two points for four of a kind and three points for a straight flush.
There are unique special hands where every card is played in your hand in a certain sequence. When this happens, the hand is a natural hand and you will get a natural royalties bonus. Here’s a list of the natural hands you can make in Chinese Poker:
Clean Dragon – All cards from the same suit. For example, the two through ace of spades. This awards 108 points.
Dragon – All 13 cards are in sequence from 2 to ace, but not suited. This awards 36 points.
12 Royalties – When all 13 cards consist of jacks through aces.
Three Straight Flushes – If all three hands are a straight flush, you get 24 bonus points.
Three Quads – If you have three sets of quads in 13 hands, you get 20 bonus points.
All Highs or Lows – If all of your cards are eight or under or all of your cards are 8 or higher, you will get 12 bonus points.
Full Colored – All black cards or all red cards gets you 10 bonus points.
Four Triples – Four instances of three of a kind get you 8 bonus points.
Six Pair – Get six pair in 13 cards and get 6 bonus points.
Three Straights – If all three hands are a straight, you get 4 bonus points.
Three Flushes – If all three hands are a flush, you get 3 bonus points.
No Broadway Cards – If you don’t have any jacks through kings in your hand, you get 3 bonus points.
In a future article, we will give you some basic strategies for playing Chinese Poker.