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Today's alt line features a Pineapple hand with a starting 5 we classify as 'Cannibals'. A Cannibal card adds value to one row's primary draw or EV while simultaneously subtracting value from another row. In this instance the Queen of hearts is a cannibal, as it presents a somewhat difficult splitting option: with the other Queen as a pair for back row strength, in a flush draw, or in front for Fantasyland. We will go over these 3 lines and see what kind of value they bring in. OFO observes variable-value Fantasyland, where QQ gets 13 cards, KK gets 14, and AA gets 15 for the FL round. Hence there is a higher overall EV for getting to Fantasyland with KK or AA. Three measurements are used for overall score: Royalties, Scoop Equity, and Fantasyland EV.

Pineapple OFC: Qd Qh 9h 3h Ad.

FIRST FIVE



Keeping the Queens as a pair, we are shooting for a full house in back, Aces or better in middle and KK in front.

Setting for the double flush draw. Remember to set the higher pips in the back so you don't foul.

Aggro. Fantasyland is already here, all we need is an Ace and a few pairs in back, no problem, right?


PULL 1



The Ace came, and we'll put the J up front as a scoring hedge if KK doesn't arrive.

Two flush draw cards arrive. The ace is tempting to throw up front, but I'd rather not play with fire in the back row.

Going according to plan.


PULL 2



This set appears to be losing E.V. as Queens and 9's are not coming, and no kings either. The 10 is added in front as a royalty hedge.

With 6 cards coming it's a pretty safe play to complete the middle row flush, making sure not to accidentally set the Ace instead of the 6, thus setting up a foul. It seems elementary but just last night I played an opponent who fouled two flushes setting them backwards - while in Fantasyland!

Mission run-good accomplished.


PULL 3



9 goes with the boat draw and we'll also close out the middle, leaving the front open for a pair.

No diamonds, but we have 3 more cards coming. Two potential royalty-scoring pair cards are set in front.

Not expecting much value beyond what we've already accomplished, but leaving one spot in middle and front open for the possibility of AAA/QQQ.


PULL 4



While this set didn't run particularly well this instance, I still like it for the KK-front Fantasyland possibility and general solidness; if KK was hit the EV would jump into the 22-28 point range.

ROYALTIES: 6
SCOOP EQUITY: -1
FL EV: 0
TOTAL SCORE: +5

Flush-flush achieved, pair of 9's in front adds royalty and scoop equity.

ROYALTIES: 16
SCOOP EQUITY: 4
FL EV: 0
TOTAL SCORE: +20

Fantasyland-bound, and unless up against a back row boat, a very decent chance at a scoop.

ROYALTIES: 11
SCOOP EQUITY: 4.5
FL EV: 2.3
TOTAL SCORE: +17.8


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*SCORING DETAILS

The royalty # is an aggregate of all 3 rows (see scoring chart here). The scoop equity # gives the likelihood of a scoop or being scooped, a range of 12 points from +6 to -6. The FL EV is Fantasyland Expected Value; in other words how many points you will generally score in the Fantasyland round if you qualify. Open Face Odds works with a variable-value system for Fantasyland in Pineapple OFC, where qualifying with QQ gives you 13-card Fantasyland, KK gives 14-card and AA is 15-card. At this time we value Pineapple FL at 13-card: 2.3 points, 14-card: 6.2 points, 15-card: 12.4 points.

To run your own simulations or just for practice, try Open Face Odds' training modules, where you can practice setting for Pineapple, Turbo, Fantasyland, and other situations. Click any of these links to find a module:

Pineapple v. 14-card Fantasyland
Pineapple v. 15-card Fantasyland
Pineapple Heads Up
Standard OFC v. 13-card Fantasyland
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