Apr 09, 2020


Open Face Chinese poker (OFC) is an exciting and new poker variant which is quite different from the existing dominant variants of poker. Since it is currently in its nascent stage, OFC poker is still an unexplored online poker variant compared to its popular counter parts such as Texas Hold’em and Omaha. Thus, both live and online OFC poker players find some common challenges when devising a full proof winning strategy.

While, it isn’t uncommon to face friction at the Open Face Chinese poker tables even by seasoned poker players of the day, today, we shall kill these hurdles for good and focus on forming strategies that shall take you to showdown without unnecessary hiccups.

In our last blog, we talked about Open Face Chinese poker for real money and its strategy. Today, we’ll be revealing the common mistakes players committed by the players of this new poker variant and fix them right away.

Dos and Don’ts in Open Face Chinese poker :

OFC Mistakes

  1. Not taking enough risk for Fantasyland

 First of all, what is fantasy land? In this part of the Open Face Chinese poker game, qualifying for the fantasyland gets you additional royalty points. If a poker player manages to set a pair of Queens or better in the top and manages not to foul, they enter fantasyland as per OFC poker rules.

Following the Pineapple OFC poker rules, a player is dealt with 14-17 cards in one go after qualifying for fantasy land. No contest, this puts you at a great advantage.

The fear of fouling and getting scooped often stops us from taking risks on the OFC poker online tables. You should ideally enter a game knowing that it’s not about hitting a great OFC hand more than 60% of the time, but about scoring higher on average. So, we say you just aim to build a better hand than your opponents and you’ll definitely be ahead in the game.

  1. Don’t go overboard and take on an extremely risky situation

An Open Face Chinese poker player often tends to go overboard while aiming to score as high as they can. For example, trying to put aces up top will require you to put at least two pairs or better on the middle row and full house or better on the bottom. However, this is easier said than done when you actually sit and play OFC poker. It’s clearly a runner-runner situation from where there is no point of return if the cards don’t come out in your favour.

  1. Taking advantage of being in position

There’s a common notion among online poker players in India and abroad that position doesn’t count when you play Open Face Chinese online for real money or for free. This is perceived due to the open-faced format of the game. However, this isn’t true. If you’re the last one to act on a 3-handed OFC poker table, you can place your cards accordingly.

For example, if you have a couple of hearts on you and you see 5 hearts already on the table, it would be foolish to sit with a flush draw.

Another take on this:

On the contrary, you could be a vigilant player too. Observe your opponents’ cards and see how many outs you might have in order to hit a royalty. In the later stages, you’ll still be ahead in the game because now you know the draws your opponents might be holding.

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Short-handed poker tables are those which are 6-max or even less. Carrying your full-ring experience everywhere won’t help you in this case because of several reasons we’ll be discussing about today. To maintain a decent winrate, it’s necessary to adjust your game plan on short-handed poker tables.

Before diving into details, lets acknowledge the fact that it will take time for you to hit your winning streak right away. And some poker tips and tricks might not work in India or on the international level poker games

Useful Read: Learn How to Play Poker

Let’s discuss some helpful poker strategies and tips for short-handed games:

  1. Ease up starting-hand selection process (Play more hands)

The smaller the tables, larger the hand ranges you should play in the preflop street. As opposed to full-ring (FR) poker tables, the hand ranges increase significantly in short-handed games so you need to ease off.

Must Read:  List of Poker Hand Ranking Sequence Order

  1. Look for opportunities to bluff

Since the hand ranges increase significantly for everyone at the table, a smart poker player would look for pulling off a good bluff. Trying to extract value only when you hit a great hand will not work when it is a short-handed game.

This is one of the best poker strategy for short-handed games which will eventually make you a tough nut to crack on the tables.

  1. Bankroll Management remains crucial

Short-handed poker tournaments and cash games are high-variance-ridden. So it is wise to tighten your bankroll management poker strategy which you use for full-ring poker.

Plan on how many bullets you’ll take in mid-stakes online poker tournaments or in high-stakes tourneys. It is better to be ready for major swings.

  1. Invest in your psychological health

Your mental health plays a major role in your career as a professional poker player. It reflects on your winrate evidently.

For a poker player who is transitioning from full-ring poker to 6-max or heads-up poker will need the nerves to bear the swings. Although this is equally rewarding, your mental health is an asset you should definitely invest in.

  1. Regulate multi-tabling

Don’t forget that here we’re playing more hands than in full-ring poker. This goes for players who try to play on as many tables as they can – don’t try to do that in short-handed games. It will become a tedious task for you to keep a track of so many hands.

  1. Take notes on your opponents

This is a poker strategy that applies to all online poker tournament and cash game players. Keep an eye on your opponents. Look for the following:

  • Is he/she a regular poker player or a recreational player?
  • When does he/she call too many times?
  • When does he/she fold too many times?

Playing style changes with changing games. Indian poker players’ gameplay is different than players in other countries. So keep altering your poker strategy and keep studying your opponents.

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Pot-Limit Omaha also called Omaha shares several similarities with it’s not-so identical twin sister, Texas Hold’em. However, the small differences in the poker rules of the two cause a huge difference in the poker strategies the two poker variants are played with.

Difference between Texas Hold’em & Pot-limit Omaha

A well-known difference between Pot-Limit Omaha and Texas Hold’em is that in the latter, each player is dealt with two hole cards and in the former, four or five. Out of these cards, he/she uses two cards to build a strong poker hand. As a matter of fact, in pot-limit Omaha it is mandatory for a player to use only two cards out of the four/five hole cards he/she gets.

Another crucial difference between the two is that in PLO you require almost an invincible hand (such as nut flush or nut straight) when it’s time for a showdown. This is necessary because you are not the only player on the table who has four/five cards to choose from. You and your opponents had several outs to hit a strong hand by this time.

In pot-limit Omaha, players can bet up to the total size of the pot as opposed to the total size of their own chip stack in Texas hold’em. Since the betting structure is different, the Omaha poker strategies that come along with that fact are entirely different for these poker variants. Preflop game strategy in PLO therefore becomes much more intense.  

Some Pot-limit Omaha Strategy Tips for New Poker Players:

  1. Be a bit selective with starting hands

Do not forget that all your opponents have four/five cards to hit a great hand. Preflop PLO hands run closer than preflop Hold’em hands in terms of equity.

For example, a hand such as Ac – Ad will be 82% (approx.) more promising than Kc – Kd in Texas Hold’em in the preflop phase, but in pot-limit Omaha Ac – Ad – 6h – 5c will beat Kc – Kd – Qd – Js only 59% (approx.) of the time.

Don’t think that you can play with any four cards you get. A smart, strategic move in PLO poker is to be selective.

  1. Bluffs are rare in PLO

In pot-limit Omaha, most poker players in India and abroad do not bluff which means betting confidently is a sign that your opponent has most likely hit an above-average hand.

  1. Don’t carry your Texas Hold’em baggage everywhere

Poker players in India and abroad mostly prefer playing Texas Hold’em so it is likely for them to carry their tricks and strategies to the PLO tables. Using hold’em strategies would be the last thing you would want to do on PLO tables.

  1. A pair of aces won’t take you places

In PLO, there are very lean chances for you to win a pot with a pair of aces especially if it’s a multi-way pot. If you hit a pair of aces preflop, proceed only if the hand improves at flop.

  1. Don’t Overvalue Big Pairs

Another significant pot-limit Omaha poker tip, hitting a big pair at showdown isn’t really a great hand in Texas Hold’em. However, in pot-limit Omaha it’s a rare occurrence for you managing to get something out of the pot.

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