Open Face Chinese (aka OFC) poker is one of the many fun ways to enjoy the game we love. While it does share some similarities with other games like No Limit Hold ’Em (NLHE), such as the hand ranking, it has its own rules and strategies. In this article, we’re going to cover some of the fundamentals that you can use to win your next match of OFC. If you need a refresher about the basics and the rules, check out our primer. Let’s play some OFC! First Default Strategy: Don’t Fo
It’s hard to imagine a more aggressive play than a cold 4-bet. And while the situation to make this move may not come up all too often, it’s important to understand how to play it before it happens so that once your opportunity arrives, then you can make the move with confidence and win a big pot. Before we talk about when and how to make the play, let’s clarify some of our terminology. When we talk about making a “cold” bet, that means that we haven’t put chips into the pot
Whether your call it tanking, stalling, or slow playing, we’re sure you’ve seen it. Sometimes, even after making up their mind, poker players will sit there and let the clock run while they ‘think’—or rather, pretend to think. Maybe they’re hoping that this will frustrate their opponents. Maybe they’re Hollywooding to sell a bluff. Or maybe there is some actual strategy behind this move. Without further ado, it’s time to go over when it’s a good move to try to stall the game.
One skill that any tournament player needs to master is short stack strategy. As the blinds continue to go up level after level, you’ll often find yourself with less and less big blinds (BBs). Knowing how to navigate situations where you’re sitting below 25BB will help you to win more tournaments. A common misconception surrounding playing a short stack is that you always need to fold or go-all in: nothing in between. However, playing this so-called ‘push/fold’ strategy actua