poker is a little different from the other poker games you're probably
used to playing. It's still based on the ranking poker hands, but
instead of a pot you're playing for points that are worth cash,
and you have three hands to contend with. It can be played by 2
to 4 players, and ' as always ' the objective is to have a higher
hand than your opponents.
Each player is dealt 13 cards, which are then divided
into three different poker-based hands: two five-card hands and
one three-card hand. These are known as the Front, Middle, and Back
hands, which are then played against your opponents' hands. There
no hard and fast rules about how your hands must be organized, except
that the Front hand must be the lowest of the three and the Back
hand the highest. The sticky part here is that, since the Front
hand can use only three cards it can't make a true flush or a straight
poker hand, so you have to go for pairs and trips.
Once the hands are all organized you add up the points
as compared to your opponents'. This is where things start to get
a little tricky: in a four-player Chinese poker game, for example,
player 1 compares their hands to the hands of player 2, player 3
and player 4; then player 2 compares their hands to player 3 and
player 4; and then player 3 compares their hands to player 4's hands.
The winner of each individual comparison wins a certain number of
Depending on the scoring system used (1-4, 2-4, or 1-6),
differing amounts of points are awarded. We'll use 2-4 scoring as
an example, since it's the most common type. If one player beats
another player by two out of the three hands, they win 2 points;
if they win all three of the hands, the win 4 points. The player
with the highest back hand wins an additional point; the highest
middle hand wins an additional point, and the same goes for the
front hand. The player with the highest total points wins another
'Overall' point. If there are any bonus points to be added, these
are done too. Bonus points are usually given out for exceptional
hands (for example, if a player has a three of a kind in the Front
hand that's three bonus points; a straight flush in the Middle and
Back hands are worth four points).
If you don't think you're going to win anything, players
do have the option to surrender their hands and pay the other players
penalty points, which amount to 2 points each in a 2-4 game and
3 points in a 1-6 game.
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