OPEN FACE ODDS - HEADS UP STRATEGY - NOVEMBER 22, 2013
Categories: First Five, Odds, Cannibals
ELEPHANTS IN THE ROOM - PART I
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After you set your first five cards OOP in Open Face Chinese Poker, there are 47 unknown cards remaining
in the deck, or what we call the 'array of
unknown cards'. This is where your individual sub-hand (row) improvement draws originate.
You can visualize the array in a neatly ordered way, as a jumble of alphabet soup, or not at all.
Open-face Chinese Poker is a truly fascinating game. At first glance it seems like it's just going to be a variant of the
boring and solved game: Chinese Poker, but after playing it a few times, you realize it has a depth of complexities,
an infinite (for all practical purposes) number of possibilities, and an exciting and engaging game-play experience.
Some of the things that are the driving force behind the rise in popularity of Open-face over its predecessor are:
It's simple to understand, but not boring and repetitive.
It really challenges the players every step of the way.
It keeps players constantly discovering better strategies and building their intuition and knowledge base.
It has minimal down time and keeps players thinking while it is not their turn - much more so than more traditional forms of poker, where a lot of folding occurs.
It has the right amount of luck, or chance, but not so much as to take the (feeling of) control away from the player.
Each player feels like they have a chance of winning (both through to the end of most hands and from the beginning
of session to the end).
If Cooperators play together nicely by staying out of each others' draw ranges, Cannibals do exactly the opposite by getting
in each others' way.
A Cannibal card adds value to one row's primary draw or EV while simultaneously subtracting value from another row
because it reduces the number of primary draw outs and/or immediate scoring value in that row.
Texas Holdem has 169 unique starting hands which are easily ranked according to relative strength. When you hear someone talking about
"top ten hands" or "top 30% of his range", they are referring to the chart that starts with hand #1 (AA) and ends with hand #169
(2-7 offsuit). Among other uses, this chart can be helpful to a beginner trying to determine what a good starting hand is, or a tournament
player tanking on a call and trying to range an opponent's short stack shove.
How many starting hands are there in Open Face Chinese?