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FANTASY LAND

Fantasy Land is the holy grail in Open Face Chinese Poker. It give you a huge advantage over your opponents in the next hand and if you are playing for money you can expect a lot of it to come your way. Bare in mind you shouldn’t necessarily go all out for Fantasy Land all the time as you could end up fouling your hand A LOT. So what is Fantasy Land?

Fantasy Land is basically Q-Q or better  in your front hand without fouling of course. So your middle hand will need to be better than a pair of Queens and your back hand better than you middle hand. That’s basically it for Fantasy Land! Simple eh? If you had the hand below you would be in Fantasy Land right now.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE IN FANTASY LAND?
Well first off you will receive the relevant royalties from your last hand. In the above example, assuming you’ve ‘scooped’, you will get 6 points for scooping, 4 points for the flush in your back hand, nothing for your middle hand and 7 for your pair of Queens on your front hand. Giving you a total of 17 points for that hand. (See here for info on scoring in Open Face Chinese Poker)
So once you have your points you will play the next hand in Fantasy Land. Here you will be dealt all 13 cards up front which you will arrange in the usual way keeping your cards face down. The other player(s) will then play a normal hand of Open Face Chinese Poker, being dealt 5 cards each, setting them up and then they will receive one card at a time until they have their hand. This gives us a huge advantage as we can see all of our 13 cards before we set the hand up so we can see beforehand if we can make flushes/straights etc.
HOW DO WE STAY IN FANTASY LAND?
To stay in Fantasy Land for a second successive hand you will need to achieve a full house or greater in your back hand. Then, assuming you don’t foul, you will stay in Fantasy Land as well as receiving the relevant royalties.
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