Tony G has launched an online poker room dedicated to Open Face Chinese Poker (OFCP). The poker room is available on his gambling site TonyBet.
Prior to the launch, he had been titillating his followers with veiled hints of exciting new developments: “I have the biggest thing since the invention of online poker in my hands and I want to share it with all of you!”
Four varieties of the game are presented; Classic, Pineapple, 13-Card and Turbo. An explanation of each game and its rules has been published in the poker room website. Tony states that the site will only offer OFCP.
The announcement was publicized on PokerNews, the affiliate site founded by the Lithuanian/Australian poker pro. with a quote from the man himself:
When all my poker mates became crazy about OFCP I couldn’t just sit there and watch them play each other all day long until they were at each other’s throats. I had to find more opponents for them. That’s when I decided to bring the game out to the masses and give poker pros some fresh meat.
PokerStars recently said that it would not be offering the game, giving as its reason that OFCP raised serious “solvability” issues. PokerStars.tv carries several videos about the game including a discussion of strategy between Barry Greenstein and Shaun Deeb.