December 18, 2013 -- We have your OFC rundown -- Open Face Celebrity rundown, that is!
Barry Greenstein, esteemed poker pro and known Open Face Chinese Poker afficionado, tweeted out the following monster hand, where he
caught a back row straight flush and binked a deuce on the river for middle-row quads - a 41-point hand. If you've played much Open
Face, you know that's pretty darned good!
Actor Don Cheadle, whose philanthropic work with poker-fueled Ante Up for Afica has produced $3.2 million in charity donations,
pic'd the following hand where an opponent named Norman (Chad, we wonder?) hits a straight flush using his official one time:
HELLMUTH DISCOVERS PINEAPPLE OFC APP, GETS RIGHT TO WORK
December 7, 2013 -- As we have reported before, Phil Hellmuth likes a lil' game of Open Face. What happens when the man discovers
a new Pineapple OFC app? This:
Looks like our favorite poker bad boy was having fun on the app with his buddy (and Golden State Warriors owner) Chamath Palihapitiya:
Note that Hellmuth didn't give up the standard OFC game he had going against poker pro Barry Greenstein.
OPEN FACE CHINESE POKER NEWS: NOVEMBER 13, 2013
EPT PRAGUE INCLUDES OPEN FACE CHINESE SIDE EVENT
November 13, 2013 -- The European Poker Tour teams up with the Eureka Poker Tour for a December poker festival in Prague, to be held
December 8-18. The 11-day festival sees a host of side events, including stud, PLO, and crazy pineapple.
Also on the schedule is a €2,000 + €200 Open Face Chinese poker tournament, running Thursday,
December 12, at 13:00 local time. It is event #18 on the schedule and coincides with day 1a of the main event. Day 1b is Friday,
December 13, with day 2 scheduled for Saturday the 14th.
The OFC tournament will feature 30 minute levels and allows unlimited re-entries.
HELLMUTH SKIPS WSOPE BRACELET EVENT TO PLAY OPEN FACE CHINESE TOURNAMENT
November 8, 2013 -- Just after arriving across the pond, Phil Hellmuth "hopped into" the EPT London Open Face Chinese side event -- and won.
A few weeks later, this tweet showed up in his timeline:
Hellmuth caught plenty of Twitter railbird flak for missing a WSOP bracelet event (which was eventually won by Daniel Negreanu,
cementing his 2013 POY status), but we at Open Face Odds wholeheartedly support his decision!
WYNN FALL CLASSIC OPEN FACE DETAILS RELEASED
October 4, 2013 -- Wynn offers $10k guarantee OFC tournament
An Open Face Chinese poker tournament will be offered as part of the Wynn Fall Classic on Monday, October 21, 2013.
Sandwiched between two 6-figure-guarantee Holdem tournaments, the tourney buys in at $500+50 and begins at 5:00 pm Nevada time.
Players receive a 15,000 chip starting stack and 30-minute levels begin at 50 chips/point.
Fantasyland is a feature of this tournament, with QQ2 in front the minimum requirement. When a player is in Fantasyland, they will
be dealt the first five cards in sequence with the other players at the table, at which time they then receive the next 8 cards out
of the deck. They will have 2 minutes to set their hand face down and the hand will proceed normally for the other players. The
requirements to remain in Fantasyland are trips in front, quads in the middle, and straight flush+ in back.
(August 27, 2013) From left: Daniel Alaei, Jason Mercier, Joseph Cheong, and Matt Glantz get their OFC on at the WPT Alpha8
at Seminole Hard Rock in Florida.
September 2, 2013 -- We recently saw that a major poker publication predicted the demise of the popularity of Open Face Chinese Poker,
and that it would happen this season, to boot.
We would like to politely refute this argument. Or perhaps not so politely:
If you think the zeitgeist surrounding Open Face Chinese Poker is shrinking, you must be living in Fantasyland!
There's no denying that the game has caught the attention of poker players and media around the world. With home games, casino cash games,
tournaments and app play exploding, interest in Open Face is not only expanding, but may be about to step out to the public at large.
Here are 8 reasons why the game is on the ascent:
WSOP: Over the summer, the WSOP was host to a $5,000 buyin tournament won by poker pro Victor Ramdin (second to Nacho Barbero), as well as now legendary side action that saw
Gus Hansen and Tom Dwan blinding out their Main Event day 1 stacks because they were preoccupied with a lil' $3,000/point OFC game. The Aria
spread a 'warmup' Open Face tournament just prior to the WSOP event which was praised by players for its smooth running. Cash game action
was nonstop all around town.
SIN CITY: The Vegas scene post-WSOP is still in motion with the Palms, Venetian, MGM Grand, and Orleans among the casinos spreading
the game on a regular basis. A blog devoted to Vegas action, Vegas Open Face, covers the live action*.
STRATEGY: News outlets like Pokernews and Pocket Fives, tuned in to player activity and recognizing the demand for information
about the game, are publishing strategy articles and podcasts. The Two Plus Two poker forum "Open Face Chinese Strategy Thread", hidden away under
"Draw and Other Poker", quietly has 60,000+ views in less than a year.
U.K./EUROPE: The UKIPT recently spread two Open Face tournaments in their summer tournament series, and there is Twitter buzz about CNP Ibiza hosting an OFC side
event in September. Also see the following item:
FALL TOURNAMENT SERIES: L.A. Bicycle Legends of Poker, Paris WPT, London and Prague EPT, and Vegas Wynn Fall Classic
all have Open Face tournaments on the schedule. You can expect a high volume of cash games
to populate the casino floors and hotel rooms as well. Skeptical? Just ask Jason Mercier, Joseph Cheong, Matt Glantz and Daniel Alaei what they were doing
on break at the Alpha 8 Final Table this past week.
POKERSTARS BUZZ: On the recent EPT Barcelona High Roller live stream, Pokerstars' Lee Jones, when asked how often he receives inquiries whether the Pokerstars
client will spread OFC, said he gets requests "all the time" (he declined to say whether Pokerstars was moving in any direction, yea or nay).
Pokerstars' Live Events Specialist Neil Johnson also announced on the stream that EPT London, Prague and PCA will offer Open Face Chinese
tournaments, and that the Pokerstars staff is working with regional regulatory commissions to expand the type of cash game play
that can be added on the side.
APPS: Apps are poppin' up like daisies. There have been some speedbumps in a completely new market, but we can count 9 apps
that are either published or in development. One well-known app recently added Android users to its already large iOS player base.
WORLDWIDE APPEAL: Open Face Odds' own data shows visits to our website from over 700 cities worldwide in the past month alone. Hey Macau,
whatcha cookin' up?
With these facts in hand, we think it's safe to assume that the buzz around Open Face Chinese is growing, not dwindling. See you in Fantasyland!
August 21, 2013 -- This October, the World Poker Tour will host a €5,000 buyin Open Face Chinese Poker tournament at the Aviation Club
de France. Part of the bwin WPT Grand Prix de Paris, the event runs on Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 4:00 pm. It is #6 in a series
of 16 events featuring Omaha and No-Limit Holdem with buyins ranging from €150 (satellite) to
€15,000 (High Roller).
Starting stack is 30,000 chips, and levels last for 8 hands.
July 31, 2013 -- The World Poker Tour and L.A.'s Bicyle Casino team up again this year to present the Legends of Poker tournament
series, running throughout the month of August and into early September. The prestigious annual event has added an Open Face Chinese
shootout to its hefty schedule.
On September 2 at 4:00 pm West Coast time, a $1000 + $100 buyin purchases 10,000 Open Face tournament chips. Levels begin at 50 chips/point and
will last for 10 hands. Round 1 will see tables of 4 play down to 2. Round 1 winners will carry their stacks into round 2 and play again
in tables of 4, but this time they will play down to a single table winner. Round 2 winners will all enter round 3 with 20,000 chips.
All round 3 players will be in the money.
Levels for round 1: 50/100/200/300/500/700/1,000/1,500/2,000/3,000
Levels for round 2: 200/300/500/700/1,000/1,500/2,000/3,000/5,000/7,000
Levels for round 3: 200/300/500/700/1,000/1,500/2,000/3,000/5,000/7,000
Some other rules particulars: a) Players may call the clock after 30 seconds; b) Fantasyland is not
mentioned in the structure sheet, so we assume it's not in play; c) Late registrants will be
docked 4 points per hand missed.