Chinese Poker

Basics Of Open Face Chinese Poker

Chinese Poker is fun and an exciting game enjoyed by both professional and amateur poker players all around the world. It can also go by the names “Russian Poker”, “Pusoy” or “Pepito” in different countries.

The Basics

Chinese Poker can be played by two, three or four players. The game is played with a standard fifty-two card deck. Each player is dealt thirteen cards, and has to set their cards into three poker hands:

Top Hand (three cards)
Middle Hand (five cards)
Bottom Hand (five cards)

Each player needs to set their cards in such the following way:

Top hand – strong
Middle hand – stronger than the top hand
Bottom hand – the strongest of all three hands

Should the player fail to follow the hand ranking sequence, their hand is fouled and perceived as the lowest possible hand. The objective of the game is to win as many points from opponent(s) as possible by either having a higher ranked hand or if applicable by scoring royalties.