Pusoy Pinoy - How to play
Pusoy (Chinese Poker) is a card game that has been played in the Asian community for many years. It has begun to gain popularity elsewhere because it has many features of an "exciting" gambling game: * The rules are simple - only a basic knowledge of poker hand rankings is needed to get started. * There is a large element of luck involved, therefore a beginner has a good chance of winning in the short term, even against experienced opponents. * The game format results in frequent unexpected wins and high ranking hands.
1- GAME PLAY
Chinese poker is typically played as a four-person game, though it can also be played with two or three.
2 - POKER RANKING
A basic knowledge of Poker is needed to play Pusoy. The hands rank as in Poker, from a royal straight flush down to no pair. The highest "front" hand is three aces, and the lowest is 2-3-4.
- The cards ranking from high to low: A-K-Q-J-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2
- The Poker ranking from high to low: Royal Flush - High card
* Special in Straight or Royal Flush, ranking from high to low: 10-J-Q-K-A -> A-2-3-4-5 -> 9-10-J-Q-K -> 8-9-10-J-Q -> ... -> 2-3-4-5-6
3 - DEALING & PLAYING
In Pusoy, each player receives a 13 card hand from a standard 52 card deck. Each player then has to divide their cards into three poker hands:
- Two containing five cards each, we call them "the middle" and "the back".
- One containing three cards, we call it "the front". There're only three hand types are possible: three of a kind; one pair; high card
The back must be the highest ranking hand, and the front, the lowest ranking hand (note that straights and flushes do not count in the three card hand). The back hand is placed face down on the table in front of the player, then the middle hand is placed face down in front of the back hand, and the front hand is placed face down in front of the middle hand.
After all the players have set their hands, each player will announce in turn (clockwise, starting from the left of the dealer) whether or not they are playing their hand. All players then announce their royalties, before revealing their hands.
If a player has NATURALS, they automatically win the hand, regardless of the other players' hands.
4 - WINNING & SCORING
4.1 - POPULAR CASE
The stakes played for in Pusoy are known as UNITS: an amount of money agreed on before the game starts. Basic scoring rules dictate that a player collects one unit from each opponent whose front, middle or back hand is beaten by their own corresponding hand. Thus, unlike most poker games, being second-best at the table is good enough to win money. In some variants players are also paid an additional unit if they win in two or three of the hands. In other variants players only get an additional unit if they win all three hands (known as a SCOOP).
The scoring systems used in Pinoygame Pusoy is the 1-6 scoring method. In the 1-6 method the player receives 1 unit for each of the three hands they win, and 3 bonus units (on top of the three for the hands) if they win all three hands.
4.2 - SPECIAL CASE
4.2.1 - ROYALTIES
Royalties, or bonuses as they are sometimes called, are extra units that may be awarded to players with particularly strong hands. Royalties must be declared prior to the revealing of the hands. Some hands and combinations of hands that are commonly awarded royalties are listed:
4.2.2 - NATURALS
Naturals are special types of royalties where if dealt to a player, the player is rewarded immediately (prior to anyone surrendering), and the player does not set their hand:
4.2.3 - MIS-SET HAND
If a player mis-sets their hand (e.g., they put three of a kind in the front, but only two pair in the middle) then they must pay each of their opponents still in the hand an amount equal to being SCOOPED. In some variations players are still required to play their hands.
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