This year’s PCA introduced an interesting poker variation that has been creating intrigue in the poker community called Open Face Chinese poker. The first-ever Open Face Chinese tournament held at this year’s PCA included 59 players with 18 re-entries to create a prize pool of $149,380. Canadian Peter Jetten won the event and $52,280.
Open Face Chinese poker is a game that calculates points based on hand strength. There are three hands of descending value dealt per player. Open Face Chinese can be played with two to four players and begins with five cards dealt to each player. 1. A five-card hand in the back (the strongest) 2. A five-card hand in the middle and 3. A three-card hand “up top.” If your middle is stronger than your back hand or your top is stronger than your middle, you “foul.” The player left of the button places the five cards anywhere in the back, middle and top (not to be moved at any other point in the hand). Afterwards, each player is dealt one card at a time, starting from the left of the button, until 13 cards are dealt to each player. The goal is to make the strongest possible hand, accumulate as many royalties (point combinations) as possible without fouling.
The rules of Open Face Chinese are still not fully clear, but what is clear is that this game is gaining popularity so we can expect to see it around more.
The Canada Cup is a tournament open only to players in Canada that starts off online on PokerStars with hundreds of players trying to win a seat to the online $530 buyin final that took place on November 17. When that tournament got down to a final table of nine, the action was paused and all remaining players would reconvene in the Bahamas, at the PCA, to play live for their share of $250,000 in cash with the top three winners also bagging a PCA Main Event package worth $10,000.
Danny Noseworthy from Saint-John’s, Newfoundland came as the final table chipleader but when play came three-handed, it was Noseworthy, Joseph Stiers and Kyle Myers who made a three-way deal with Myers taking the biggest share based on chip stack size. The three went on to play for $5,400 on top for the winner. Noseworthy beat Stiers in heads-up for the title and the extra cash and it was a victory worth $40,417 for Danny.
Peter Jetten Picture courtesy of PokerNews.com