Each player receives 13 cards in Chinese Poker. The hand must be arranged with 3 cards in front, 5 cards in the middle and 5 cards in back. The back hand has to beat or equal the middle 5 cards in poker ranking and the middle 5 cards have to beat the front 3 cards. Please note that Straights and Flushes do not count in the three card hand. An exception to this is in a automatic win.
Scores are kept by points. Each part of the hand is assigned 1 point. Each point is given a monetary value for each game.
Hands are then compared with the other player's hands. The player with the higher ranking hand in the front segment wins 1 point. The player with the higher ranking middle hand wins 1 point. The player with the higher ranking back hand wins 1 point.
A hand is dealt to all four seats regardless of the number of players at the table.
An A,2,3,4,5 straight is always the lowest Straight possible.
Bonus points are used in the Asian/Mandarin Version of this game which uses a 3 point scoring system. Winning each segment of the hand is worth 1 point. Winning all 3 is worth 6.
Bonus points hands in the back hand:
Bonus points hands in the middle hand:
Bonus points hands in the front hand:
The Automatic Win hands are always in play.
Automatic Win Hands must be declared before the hands are open otherwise the hands will play the way the player sets.
Note: If you have an Automatic Win Hand,the player does not need to set the hands. He just places his stack of cards down on the table, with the top card face up. This will indicate the Automatic Win.
A hand is set improperly in each of the following situations:
A misdeal can occur in the following situations:
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