The term “Chinese poker” is commonly used to refer to a different card game, Big Two. Playing time 2 – 5 min. Chinese poker is a card game based on chinese poker hand rankings. The rules are simple—only a basic knowledge of poker hand rankings is needed to get started.
There is a large element of luck involved, therefore a beginner has a good chance of winning in the short term, even against experienced opponents. The game format results in frequent unexpected wins and high-ranking hands. Chinese poker is typically played as a four-person game, though it can also be played with two or three. This section does not cite any sources.
In Chinese Poker, each player receives a 13-card hand from a standard 52-card deck. If a player makes three flushes or three straights they automatically win the hand, regardless of the other players’ hands. As shown in the photo, the middle player has made all three hands flush and is an automatic winner. The stakes played for in Chinese poker are known as units: an amount of money agreed on before the game starts. Basic scoring rules dictate that a player collects one unit from each opponent whose front, middle or back hand is beaten by their own corresponding hand. Thus, unlike most poker games, being second-best at the table is good enough to win money. In some variants players are also paid an additional unit if they win in two or three of the hands.
The two most common scoring systems used in Chinese poker are the 2-4 scoring method, and the 1-6 scoring method. In the 2-4 method the player receives 1 unit for each of the three hands they win, and 1 unit called the overall unit is awarded to the player who wins two out of the three hands, or all of the three hands. In the event of a tie in one of the hands, no money is exchanged for this particular hand. Ivey receives two points for winning front and back, loses one for losing middle and receives one as the overall unit for winning two out of three hands. Ivey receives two points for winning front and back and loses one for losing middle, but they do not receive any bonus units.