As poker has exploded in popularity over the last few years, it has wormed its way into all forms of media, including video games. As well as video games based entirely around poker, there are also games that have included poker as a side-game. These typically revolve around Hold’em or Omaha, but in years to come we’ll surely see this replicated with games of Open-Face Chinese Poker. But for now, we can make-do with these top picks:

Red Dead Redemption

One of my close friends, and a very good poker player, was actually introduced to the game of Texas Hold’em via Red Dead Redemption. This may sound strange, but as far as graphics, gameplay and even AI was concerned, Red Dead Redemption pretty much nailed it. It was actually very fun to play poker on this game and you could play it in saloons around the game world, allowing you to feel like Wild Bill.

As well as being realistic, Red Dead Redemption can also help you to learn the game. The friend who became hooked on poker because of Red Dead Redemption had never played poker prior to playing this game. Within a couple of days he fell in love with the game and after weeks of play, and realizing that he was winning time and time again, he took his play to online poker rooms and became one of the best players I know. It goes to show that video games really do matter, at least that’s what we can keep telling ourselves.

Dead Rising 2

In the second game in the Dead Rising series, there were two instances in which you could play poker. The first was back at the hideout, where you could play strip poker with some of your fellow survivors, practicing your skills. The second instance was in the casino, inside a televised poker room with some professional players. Here you could play for big money with some big players (styled on real poker professionals) as zombies battered down the doors and tried to get inside.

Although not perfect, the poker on this game was playable. The AI was not the best and was very easy to beat if you knew what you were doing, but once you made it to the big game, if the cards didn’t go your way then it could get very frustrating very quickly. That’s the beauty of a computer game though, as you could just save before you played and if you lost, then you could just load that save and try again. If only real life and real poker events worked that way.

Poker Night 2

Poker Night 2 includes some popular video game characters, such as Ash from Evil Deal 2 and Claptrap from Borderlands. However, there is nothing going on here but poker. Typically, video games focusing entirely on poker are not up to much. They are made on the cheap, not expecting to sell many copies and therefore not putting much effort into development. However, that is not the case with Poker Night 2. This is a great game, very entertaining from start to finish.

Not only is it accurate in regards to the poker, but the exchanges between the characters are also fun and make for a great experience overall. What’s more, Poker Night 2 isn’t centered just on Texas Hold’em like so many other games. It also includes a pot limit game of Omaha.

To top it off, Poker Night 2 is very cheap. In fact, you can pickup a copy from Steam for just a few dollars. Don’t expect the earth though, and certainly don’t expect to find anything other than a poker game.

World Series of Poker

This is an officially licensed game and there are a few appearances by professional players, but that’s where the positives end for World Series of Poker. Simply put, there are some major flaws with gameplay and you will struggle to find any of the pros. They are certainly in the game, but you will struggle to run into them. This game is available on a number of consoles, including PC. It is a few years old though, created with the first Xbox and the Gamecube in mind. That should give you an idea of how the graphics fair in this game and unfortunately, the gameplay is just as sub-par.

Whilst there is little here for a big-time poker or video game fans, players who enjoy watching the WSOP on ESPN, and absolute beginners will get a kick out of this.

World Poker Tour

This is one of the better and more in-depth poker games available right now. This is the only game on the list that introduces an RPG element, therefore eliminating the simplicity of what is in effect just a simple game. You can create your own player and fix him or her up as you please. There are also a number of pros in the game, including Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari, and these players are quite common, which means you will not struggle to find them or play them.

If you are new to the game of poker or you are looking to improve your skills beyond the basic level, then there are a number of tutorials to help you.

Stacked with Daniel Negreanu

This is probably the best poker-only game on this list. Daniel Negreanu is the biggest poker celebrity and with his own TV show, as well as many appearances on others, it is no surprise to learn that he now has his own video game. There is a poker school that can teach you the basics and the more advanced areas of the game, and there is also an advanced and intuitive AI which makes the level of play far more advanced in this game than it is in any of the other games on this list, and possibly in any other poker game currently on the market. If you want a true test of your abilities, something that will mimic the play of amateurs and professionals alike, then this is the best game for you.

Poker is more than just a game to the people who play it day-in day-out. If you have ever become immersed in the world of poker you will know what we are talking about. Yes it is a relatively simple game, but it is a game that can be complex, a game that has many nuances to understand, many tricks to learn. That is why poker professionals and amateurs spend their days on forums chatting to other players, on websites reading articles, and on YouTube watching videos. They are constantly learning, constantly evolving as players.

This applies to all variants of poker, not just to Texas Hold’em and certainly not just to Open-Face Chinese Poker. We have already discussed the best websites to read about Open-Face Chinese Poker and we have already discussed the best message boards to discuss it, but what are the best YouTube channels for those seeking to learn more about this game, and to watch it in action?

TonyBet Official OFC Poker Channel

TonyBet is currently the only place you can play Open-Face Chinese Poker for real money. That’s why we have affiliated with the site and it is also why we are members ourselves. TonyBet is the future and the present of Open-Face Chinese Poker, and it is currently the only site grabbing this game by the scruff of the neck and dragging it forward. It is no surprise then to learn that as well as the gambling software and a wealth of articles, TonyBet also has their own YouTube channel.

There are actually a couple of channels, including a main one that focuses on the sports betting side of the site, but the one that deals with OFC Poker can be found here. As well as learning how to play the game of Open-Face Chinese Poker, this channel also has live tournament action from pro players such as Jennifer Shahade, who is currently one of the biggest names on the OFC Poker circuit, and Jason Mercier, who made his name in Hold’em and has since become a big fan of OFC Poker.

In fact, Jennifer Shahade is a regular feature on this channel and as well as live play, you can also watch her interviews and listen to her views on the game and her tips on how to make it as a Open-Face Chinese Poker pro. Most of the videos on this channel have less than 1,000 views, but all are worth watching and one of them has accumulated views in excess of 10,000.

Poker News

This is a portal for everything poker. It is the video channel of the website, and they cover a lot of live tournaments, new variants, player interviews and more. This is where you will find an extensive tutorial on Open-Face Chinese Poker by Shaun Deeb, one of its biggest fans. This is actually one of our favorite videos, and it is not the only video on this channel that covers the game of Open-Face Chinese Poker.

If you find yourself wondering whether a certain stop on the WPT or EPT will have an OFC Poker tournament, then this is a good place to find out. As well as details on all upcoming events around the world, they even have details on the city in which it is staged, taking you on a guided tour and giving you some insights into the event venue itself.

To see for yourself, head on over to: Poker News Dot Com. There are new videos added to the site all of the time and they typically attract a significant number of views, as they have around 20,000 subscribers and that number is growing day by day.

China Open Poker

Located at China Open Poker, this channel is devoted to the game we love so much. It is a player channel where videos of online events are uploaded, often from TonyBet. If you would like to see how high-stakes games of OFC Poker are played, then this channel is perfect. The videos show OFC Poker played at its best, with everything from late tournament rounds, to big money cash games and more. This will give you an insight into how the game is played at the highest level, whilst also showing you the TonyBet software. There are a number of videos here and they cover several variants of the game, including the ever-popular Pineapple OFC.

Open Face Odds

This channel doesn’t focus entirely on TonyBet, but it is all about the game of Open-Face Chinese Poker. There are videos from a number of apps, including free and “fun” apps, as well as real money games. There are also tutorials that aim to expand your knowledge of the game and the odds that you have of winning each individual hand. It’s always good to know the numbers behind a game, and to understand your odds in any given situation, and this channel can help with that.

The videos don’t get a huge amount of hits but they are all informative and the channel is also very active on YouTube, so any questions you direct to them will probably be answered in a timely fashion. There is also a lot of variety here, with the channel covering every aspect of Open-Face Chinese Poker and never deviating from this game like so many other OFC Poker channels tend to do.

You can find Open Face Odds here. Some of the videos that we recommend include Pineapple OFC Odds, which gives you a quick rundown of the odds of this popular, high-speed variant of Open-Face Chinese Poker. There is also a simple strategy video, which will help beginners to learn how to follow a simple and effective strategy that will allow them to get one over on their opponents time and time again.