OFC Poker Strategy: the Bottom Hand is not Everything

With Open Face Chinese Poker gaining momentum, poker players who have already discovered the game and learned the rules are taking the next step – mastering the OFC strategy. However, while the resources on the subject are pretty scarce, most of the players are learning from their own experience.

The major mistake made by most amateur players is concentrating too much on the bottom hand and misjudging the importance of the middle and the top hands. Yes, making one’s bottom hand the strongest out of all three is of the highest importance in order not to foul, but in some cases it is vital to make unusual decisions to make the hand profitable.

Of course, placing QQ or higher on top is a common move, but when it comes to Open Face Chinese strategy, playing middle and top hands needs a bit more thought to be put into that. For instance, if you have a flush draw with four spades in the back, putting the fifth spade as soon as you get it is not always a smart move. Especially if your opponent already has a stronger hand like a full house in the back.

In this case you should consider alternative options. For example, if you have {6x} {5x} in the middle and your opponent has {4x} {4x} as their middle hand and you receive {6s} – it would be a much starter decision to play it in the middle rather than completing your flush in the back. You would most likely still have some spades left in the deck and a pair of sixes in the middle would put you in front.

This is just one example of how you may benefit from making unusual decisions. Although it appears simple – it represents the basic idea of how strategy patterns work in Open Face Chinese. The advice would be to conciser as many options as possible and not always go for an easy answer.

Now that you already know some tricks you can go on and test them playing OFC online. There are actually a few places for that with the most appealing one looking to be Tonybet Poker. The site offers Open Face poker only which indicates the site’s dedication to the game.

Tonybet poker has all four game variations including the most popular Pineapple as well as Turbo, Classic and Regular. They also have an Android app which allows you to enjoy the game on the go.