When Will OFC Poker be Available Everywhere?

The poker world is embracing OFC Poker, and even die-hard Hold’em and Omaha fans are converting, with more and more turning to the game on a daily basis and making it the fastest growing poker variant in the history of the game. Despite this, it is still not available on the biggest and longest established poker sites. You can play it on mobile apps developed are smaller websites and companies, but the only big and trusted one to date is TonyBet, run by poker professional and general loud mouth Tony G.

That could be changing though, because the voices of OFC Poker fans are beginning to be heard. The online casinos are also taking cue from the land-based casinos who have noticed a significance surge in the popularity of this game over the last couple of years. If you go back to 2011, or even to early 2012, you wouldn’t find a single table playing OFC Poker game on the entire Las Vegas Strip, or even in the greater state of Nevada for that matter, but fast forward 12 months and this had changed drastically. In many casinos OFC is more prevalent than other poker variant, except for Hold’em. There are big money tournaments and regular cash games, and the number of these games available, along with the amount of people signing up for them, is on the up.

It was a matter of time before the online world decided that they wanted a piece of the action, and there is reason to believe that they are already planning to implement this game into their programs, working busily behind the scenes to jump on the OFC bandwagon as soon as they can. At the end of 2013, a petition opened on the Two Plus Two website — the biggest and most well-known poker site on the internet — to get Open-Face Chinese Poker onto Pokerstars, and rumour has it that Pokerstars agreed to implement the game into their software if enough people signed the petition. So how big would this be for the game? Put it this way, Hold’em wouldn’t be the game it is today without Pokerstars. It was helped by other websites as well, but those are no longer around and although the market share was split between Absolute Poker, Full Tilt and Pokerstars in the past, Absolute folded, Full Tilt were bought out by Pokerstars and Pokerstars itself is now the big daddy in the poker world.

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When Will OFC Poker be Available Everywhere?

If OFC poker moved to Pokerstars then it would be a matter of time before the biggest tournaments, currently aimed at Hold’em, also made the move. This game only made it to the United States in 2012, and just a year later it was taking over the biggest tours and tournaments. Where there used to be an occasional table and event for mixed games, Badugi and generally those games that few people play, there are now half a dozen tables and events for OFC, and soon it will stand side by side with Hold’em. OFC Poker has because brome the “other” game, a gap that was filled with everything from Stud to Draw, Badugi and 3-Card in the past.

TonyBet has already introduced the online world to OFC Poker, but as this is a relatively new site, people seem unwilling to make the switch. TonyBet is very reputable and very slick, but even those into OFC are still reluctant to make the move and instead are sticking with Hold’em and with Pokerstars, but as soon as the petition reaches a worthy number, and as soon as Pokerstars updates their software to allow for OFC tournaments and cash games, then the world domination of the game will be complete.

If you want to get on board and sign the petition then head on over to the 2+2 forum. You can also email Pokerstars directly at support@pokerstars.com, pleading with them. The more people that do this the sooner they will take action. In the meantime we would still advise that you check out TonyBet, as there are a lot of question marks about the legitimacy of other OFC Poker apps and games that use a real money system, whereas TonyBet is as clean, honest and as regulated as you would expect for a million dollar website.