Open Face Chinese (OFC) is a variant of Chinese Poker. Each player is dealt 13 cards with the goal of arranging these cards on a layout to form 3 different poker hands. Unlike traditional Chinese, these cards are not dealt simultaneously, and players must place additional cards as they are dealt in turn.
Open Face Chinese Gameplay
Open Face Chinese, also called OFC, can be played by 2 or 3 players.
During the course of the hand, players will arrange their hole cards on the layout in rows to make 3 poker hands, arranged in order of ascending rank. These hands are called the top, middle, and bottom:
• Top hand: A 3-card poker hand, which may only rank as a high card, a pair, or three of a kind. Straights and flushes do not count. It must rank lowest of the 3 hands.
• Middle hand: A standard 5-card poker hand. It must rank higher than the top hand.
• Bottom hand: A standard 5-card poker hand. It must rank the highest of the 3 hands.
An OFC hand that breaks these rules (by having a top hand stronger than the middle hand, or a middle hand stronger than the bottom hand) is a fouled hand and automatically loses.
At the start of a hand, each player is dealt 5 face-down hole cards.
Clockwise from the dealer, players in turn set and confirm the positions of these 5 cards on the layout, face-up. Once confirmed, the cards become visible to all players and cannot be changed or moved.
For the rest of the hand, each player is dealt 1 face-up card in turn, and must place the card into an available position on the layout. After a card has been placed, it cannot be changed or moved to a different row.
The remaining cards are dealt in this manner, one at a time, until all players have received a total of 13 cards and completed their layouts. Hands are then compared and scored.
At showdown, players hands are compared and points are exchanged based on hand strength.
Two players’ individual hands are first compared to each other for scoring, row to row (top against top, middle against middle, and bottom against bottom), with the better hand winning each comparison.
• 1 point is awarded to the winner of each of the three hands.
• 3 bonus points are awarded if a player wins all three hands.
Additional bonus points called royalties are then awarded for certain strong hands:
• Royal Flush: 25 points
• Straight Flush: 15 points
• Four of a Kind: 10 points
• Full House: 6 points
• Flush: 4 points
• Straight: 2 points
• Royal Flush: 50 points
• Straight Flush: 30 points
• Four of a Kind: 20 points
• Full House: 12 points
• Flush: 8 points
• Straight: 4 points
• Three of a Kind: 2 points
AAA: 22 points
KKK: 21 points
QQQ: 20 points
JJJ: 19 points
TTT: 18 points
999: 17 points
888: 16 points
777: 15 points
666: 14 points
555: 13 points
444: 12 points
333: 11 points
222: 10 points
AA: 9 points
KK: 8 points
QQ: 7 points
JJ: 6 points
TT: 5 points
99: 4 points
88: 3 points
77: 2 points
66: 1 point
The awarded points and royalties for both players are then recorded. If more than 2 players are playing, each remaining exchange is scored until all players have exchanged points with all other players in the hand.
After a round of hands completes, players settle the final total of points won or lost, by exchanging chips with the other players in turn. Players are not allowed to sit out or leave the table during a round of hands, and must wait until the round is complete.
The Fantasyland bonus requirement in OFC is QQ+ (a pair of Queens or better as top).
A player enters Fantasyland by making a hand which both meets this requirement and does not foul.
The button does not advance during a Fantasyland bonus hand.
In the bonus hand, the player in Fantasyland receives 13 cards face-down at the start of the hand to choose from, and sets a complete 13 card hand face-down on the first turn.
All players not in Fantasyland receive 5 starting cards as normal, and must draw and set their hands face-up in turn. The hand is then scored normally.
A player in Fantasyland may repeat Fantasyland and play another bonus hand by making one of the following strong hands while in Fantasyland:
• Three of a Kind or better (top)
• Full House or better (middle)
• Four of a Kind or better (bottom)
Open Face Chinese is played for table stakes. The amount a player has at the table determines the maximum win or loss possible in one round.