The first-ever “World Championship” of Open Face Chinese Poker (OFC) will take place from December 8-10 in Prague, Czech Republic at the King’s Casino at Corinthia Hotel in the midst of the European Poker Tour Season 11 Prague events.
The OFC World Championship will consist of two events: a €1,000 Main Event along with a €10,000 High Roller tournament. Both will feature the “Pineapple” version of OFC in which players set five starting cards, then five subsequent streets of three cards, one of which is discarded each turn.
The official sponsor of the inaugural OFC World Championship will be TonyBet Poker, which was founded by well-known poker player and personality, Tony G.
We have decided to run an ambitious €10K High Roller event as per request from our top regulars, and we are expecting this tournament to draw a lot of big names from the poker community” said a TonyBet press release.
Rise in Popularity of OFC
What began as a casual “cards-up” game in the mid-2000s has quickly captured the imagination of poker fans and card aficionados globally, with several large OFC tournaments having taken place in recent years. Both the EPT and WSOP offered live OFC tournaments in 2013.
The game is currently enjoyed both live and online, and has become so popular that it was considered as a bracelet event during the 2014 World Series of Poker, but the idea was ultimately discarded due to its lack of in-hand betting, according to WSOP officials.
Although the game is played on a “Points” system, plenty of money can be won and lost in Chinese Poker. Perhaps the most famous example of this fact came to light in March 2007 when WSOP all-time bracelet leader Phil Hellmuth stated in a video interview that he lost $536,000 to Phil Ivey in one session playing the game (watch the video below).
For those who are interested in winning a seat via satellite into the OFC World Championship Main Event, satellites are currently available at TonyBet Poker.