Recent Strategy Articles


We pick out a spot in tournament Stud-8 to talk odds, starting hand strength, and the concept of freerolling in a split-pot game.



First-five setting strategy for the lowball variation must be adjusted, and some early-game tactics that are slam-dunks in Pineapple OFC should be tossed out the window!



It seems like it's hard to mess up Fantasyland. After all, you see all your cards at once. Beyond avoiding an obvious mis-set, are you acheiving highest situational hand strength and max value from your opponent(s)?



Pineapple OFC is rarely a game you can make decisions based on intuition. Here's a spot I went with my first instinct, but only after a quick math fact-check.



July 24, 2014 -- A street-by-street examination of an extended flush draw in Pineapple OFC. Often delayed gratification is worth it!



July 21, 2014 -- When you have the option to pair the middle row or complete your back row flush, when it is right or wrong to flush it out? Pineapple OFC.



Classification of QTTJJ, a Cannibal. Odds given to make full house with JJTT, as well as pairing the Q. Both Standard-OFC and Pineapple-OFC.



3 settings of 4 7 J 3 5. Is setting a gutshot in the back the best way to get value from this lowly-looking starting 5?



Warren Buffet says "risk comes from not knowing what you're doing". And in Pineapple-OFC, that means MATH. We did our homework and crushed this hand with AA on top.



3 settings of A56TA. You know how AA is 80% likely to beat 22 preflop in NLHE? Well, 1 in 5 times it doesn't - and that's exactly what happened with our 3-flush back row draw.



3 settings of Ad 8d 10c 2h 4h in lowball 2-7 Pineapple. With street-by-street analysis and scoring based on royalty equity, scoop equity and Fantasyland EV.



Standard OFC: Overvaluing small pairs in front Part II - scoop equity, royalty equity, & 'gamble E.V.'



Standard OFC: Beginner Strategy - A common mistake is overvaluing small pairs in the front row



Pineapple OFC: Taking an alternate line while in Fantasyland to improve your scoop equity.




Standard OFC



Standard OFC: That back row straight came in - but what was the math behind it?



Poker coach and author Derric Haynie talks about the complexities that make Open Face Chinese Poker a game for the future.



Standard OFC: Think twice before you set that back row monster....are you thinking vertically as well as horizontally? It's about overall hand strength.



Standard OFC: You're dealt a sorry first 5. Can a medium pair in front save the day? With front-row royalty equivalency facts that often escape attention.



Standard OFC: A key decision point on the bubble of an Open Face Chinese tournament, analyzed with pictures and percentages.



Standard OFC: 3 to the straight flush - it's sexy, alluring and fun. Should you go for it?



Standard OFC: An exploration of all scoring possibilities in heads up Open Face, with tips on improving PPH (points per hand) average.




Pineapple OFC Articles


3 settings of 4 7 J 3 5. Is setting a gutshot in the back the best way to get value from this lowly-looking starting 5?



Warren Buffet says "risk comes from not knowing what you're doing". And in Pineapple-OFC, that means MATH. We did our homework and crushed this hand with AA on top.




Pineapple OFC: Taking an alternate line while in Fantasyland to improve your scoop equity.



3 settings of Ad 8d 10c 2h 4h in lowball 2-7 Pineapple. With street-by-street analysis and scoring based on royalty equity, scoop equity and Fantasyland EV.



Pineapple OFC: Awww Yeah! Vegas Open Face takes on Open Face Odds in a heads up Pineapple match. Analyzed by both players.


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Pineapple OFC: Before carelessly discarding unwanted cards, consider whether you can create an illusion of good draws for your opponent.



Pineapple OFC: Vegas Open Face guest blogs with a blow-by-blow analysis of a live Pineapple Open Face hand.




OFC Theory



Standard OFC Theory: You are dealt 35667, out of position. How to think about setting your hand, not forgetting there's an elephant in the room -- 8's through J's. Introduction to array sorting.



Standard OFC Theory: Strategy analysis of set 1 of 35667, with array sorting, draw ranges, and 6th street probabilities examined.



OFC Theory: Did you know there are 7,462 unique starting hands in Open Face Chinese poker? Ok, great - now rank them.



OFC Theory: The "Cooperators": hands that can be split into complementary draw ranges within the total array of unknown cards.



OFC Theory: The "Cannibals": Cards that merge draw and value ranges, adding to one row while simultaneously subtracting from another.

THE EVOLUTION OF OPEN FACE CHINESE POKER


LOWBALL & PROGRESSIVE JOIN PINEAPPLE OFC AS POPULAR VARIANTS

Feb 1, 2016 -- 2015 saw continued evolution in the world of Open Face Chinese Poker. 2-7 Pineapple OFC and Progressive Pineapple joined Pineapple OFC as popular new variants of the game.

2-7 or 'lowball' Pineapple OFC is played with a lowball middle row, and while it requires Kings or better on top to get to Fantasyland, a new wrinkle is added with the addition of the lowball wheel (75432) also taking you to Fantasyland.

Use the following resources to play and learn more about the 2-7 variation:

PINEAPPLE 2-7 RULES

PLAY PINEAPPLE APP

ABC CHINESE POKER APP

2-7 STRATEGY ARTICLE


Progressive Pineapple is the variation where you can get more cards in Fantasyland if your front row has KK, AA or better. Introduced nearly two years ago in this article by Open Face Odds, Progressive took off this past year in homegames around the world, and can currently be found at European online poker site TonyBet Poker.





OFC PINEAPPLE TOURNAMENTS UPDATE


JANUARY TOURNEYS: THUNDER VALLEY, TAMPA BAY DOWNS

January 6, 2015 -- Get your OFC on in Florida and California this month. First up is the $300/$30 OFC Pineapple tournament at the Tampa Bay Downs Silks Poker Room, Wednesday, January 21, at 7 pm EST. Full series schedule:

PPC OFC PINEAPPLE AT TAMPA BAY DOWNS

Then you can hop in your private jet and fly over to Thunder Valley Poker Room in California the very next day and jump into the OFC Pineapple tournament on Thursday, January 21, at 8 pm. Part of the Heartland Poker Tour event. Full series schedule:

OFC PINEAPPLE AT THUNDER VALLEY




OPEN FACE TOURNAMENTS UPDATE


SHAHADE TAKES DOWN TONYBET HIGH ROLLER for 100K

December 15, 2014 -- Jennifer Shahade, poker pro and U.S. Women's Chess Champion, beat out a field of 23 to take first place in the TonyBet €10,000 buyin high roller Pineapple OFC event last week in Prague, winning a first place prize of 100K Euro.

Pokernews has a good piece on her run to victory, including a grueling battle against OFC elite player Jason Mercier. Read about it here:

TONYBET 10K HIGH ROLLER

The High Roller highlighted a record-breaking festival of OFC poker, with 135 entrants into the main event. More info on the Championships here:

TONYBET OFC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS





OPEN FACE TOURNAMENTS UPDATE


TAMPA BAY AND PRAGUE TO HOST OFC PINEAPPLE TOURNAMENTS

October 24, 2014 -- Stepping in where the EPT has fallen off, multiple poker rooms have announced Pineapple Open Face Chinese tournaments offered in the coming months. Derby Lane poker room in Tampa Bay, Florida, will host a $560 Pineapple OFC tourney on November 6, and TonyBet Poker offers its "OFC Poker World Championship", also featuring Pineapple, from Dec 8-10 at King’s Casino in Prague.

The Derby Lane Pineapple OFC event starts at 18:00 EST on Wednesday, November 6, with the $500+$60 buyin giving a 30k starting stack. Levels are 6 hands each, starting at 100. The full structure sheet can be found here:

DERBY LANE PINEAPPLE OFC STRUCTURE SHEET

Full Tournament Details:

DERBY LANE POKER ACCUMULATOR SERIES

The TonyBet event features two Pineapple tournaments: a €10k high roller and a €1k main event. Live and online satellites into the main are offered. More information can be found here:

TONYBET OFC POKER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP



EPT BREAKING NEWS - NO OFC TOURNAMENTS


September 12, 2014 -- As frequent visits to Open Face Odds' tournaments page may indicate, players may be wondering where the OFC Tournaments the European Poker Tour spread last season are on this year's schedules. We wondered the same thing, so we got in touch with Neil Johnson, Pokerstars' Global Events representative.

The short answer: they're not being spread. No OFC tournaments are currently planned for London, Prague, PCA, or Deauville. Johnson said "It should be in Monaco" for the season 11 Grand Final in April 2015.

Why is the EPT going away from a game that is only gaining in popularity? Johnson pointed to the difficulties of running a Pineapple (3-handed) tournament. He says:

"In reviewing the OFC events last year and talking to a lot of players, the consensus was that almost all players want to play OFC Pineapple which has to be played three handed and is a significant logistical burden to run as an MTT for tables, dealers, balancing, etc... No one really wants to run a three handed tourney, especially considering the vast difference between playing OFCP three handed and heads up while tables are out of balance. It could possibly be run as a shootout type, but it is a difficult tourney to run logistically although it is by far the most popular form of the game."

Johnson also pointed out that while cash game participation has been high, "that didn't really translate into tourney participation." He does admit that the tournament numbers "struggled" partially due to the players wanting to play Pineapple while the EPT was offering regular Open Face Chinese.

Generally it appears the position of the EPT is that OFC has been relegated to 'cash only' status for the time being.

We'd like to thank Neil for his frank and detailed answers to our inquiry.

We also made a suggestion that we think could help boost OFC tournament interest and significantly diminish the difficulties in running a tournament. Would an OFC mix-game work? The following variants would play 1 round at a time:

1) Standard (regular) OFC
2) Turbo OFC
3) Pineapple OFC (4-handed table, but button sits)
4) Pineapple 2-7 (button also sits)

If you'd like to read NeilJ's full response or get in on the discussion, go to the Two Plus Two forums thread here: EPT thread with Neil Johnson





NO OFC IN BARCELONA


August 9, 2014 -- The 100th EPT set to kick off August 16 in Barcelona, Spain, will feature NO Open Face Chinese Poker, nor will there be OFC cash available. This has been confirmed by Pokerstars representatives here in the 2+2 thread:
Estrellas/EPT Barcelona thread

Hey Spain, we wonder where you think your players will go when they bust the tournaments -- to the cash tables, or to their hotel rooms to play Pineapple OFC?




ANTE UP TOURNAMENT RESULTS


August 9, 2013 -- The Ante Up Magazine's Open Face Chinese tournament at the Thunder Valley Casino in Lincoln, California, drew 17 runners at a $360 buyin, paying out 4 places. The winners:

1. Andrew Barber $2142
2. John Maley $1499
3. Tom Tseng $964
4. Anthony Nguyen $750

You can read the Thunder Valley wrapup with pics of the winners HERE



THERE IS AN OFC TOURNAMENT IN VEGAS


June 5, 2014 -- Even though the entire world is playing OFC, WSOP decided against any representation of the game in their tournament series. Fortunately the Golden Nugget comes to the rescue for the OFC crowd: Friday, June 6, at noon, they will host a $230 tournament, with Fantasyland in play. For more info go to the Golden Nugget Grand Poker Series Home Page.

If you are planning to play, or just want to improve your game, we recommend getting to know our odds charts, which are available as free PDF downloads on our Downloads Page.

Have a tournament listing you'd like people to know about? Let us know at info@openfaceodds.com.




OFC SUMMER TOURNAMENTS ROUND-UP


June 1, 2014 - If you will be around the Finland, France, or Northern California area this summer, you can find Open Face Chinese tournament action.

Starting June 14 at Casino Helsini's Midnight Sun Festival, an OFC tournament is offered at a buy-in of €500/€50.

Paris' Aviation Club spreads a €185/€15 tournament on June 29,

The Ante Up World Championship throws down at $360 on August 8, in Lincoln, California (near Sacramento).

All tournaments are Standard (regular) Open Face Chinese.

If you are planning to play, or just want to improve your game, we recommend getting to know our odds charts, which are available as free PDF downloads in the standard version on our Downloads Page.

Have a tournament listing you'd like people to know about? Let us know at info@openfaceodds.com.




EPT GRAND FINAL - OPEN FACE CHINESE


April 28, 2014 - Update - Paul Berende won the Open Face event, as reported by Pokerstars Blog here: EPT 10 Grand Final OFC - Berende

We will bring you further updates if they become available.

April 24, 2014 -- This weekend the EPT Grand Final will play host to a €2000 + €200 buyin OFC tournament, beginning at 13:00 local time. Unlimited re-entries are allowed, and hopefully we will see the use of the newly commissioned Pokerstars OFC tables!



For more info to to EPT Grand Final Schedule


PUCHKOV TAKES DOWN STARS SAN REMO OFC EVENT


April 15, 2014 -- Konstantin Puchkov won the EPT 10 San Remo Open Face Chinese side event yesterday, taking away €12,300. Puchkov came to the final table as the chip leader, and had a big lead when he went heads up against Italian pro Max Pescatori. According to Pescatori's Facebook page, his opponent hit a Royal Flush against him!

There were 24 entrants and 14 re-entries at the €900+90 buyin, resulting in a prize pool over over €30k. Chad Holloway of Pokernews put together a blog of the final table finishers and payouts, which can be found here:

Puchkov, Pescatori, Payouts




LAPC OPEN FACE CHINESE TOURNAMENT RESULTS


March 2, 2014 -- The LAPC Open Face Chinese side event saw a field of 60 entrants that included Shaun Deeb, Barry Greenstein, Eli Elezra, and Matt Affleck. First place was taken down by Bryce Yockey for $10,840. Greenstein, Elezra and Affleck all got in on the cash. Results can be found here: LAPC OFC RESULTS

Video of the action can be viewed here: SWEATING THE LAPC - VIDEO




LAPC TO OFFER OPEN FACE CHINESE EVENT


January 21, 2014 -- The L.A. Poker Classic will spread an Open Face Chinese tournament as part of its annual series on Friday, February 28 at 6 pm local time. A $570 buyin yields a starting stack of 12,500 chips. The blind levels (conditions) begin at 50 chips so players will be sitting with 250 points. Play begins 4-handed and levels will last 8 hands. Final table will be 5-handed with the button sitting out. The tournament falls the day before the $10k WPT Championship. The Commerce Casino is host.

Structure sheet here:
LAPC OPEN FACE TOURNAMENT STRUCTURE SHEET

Full LAPC Schedule here:
LAPC 2014 SCHEDULE




SHAUN DEEB TAKES DOWN PCA OFC EVENT


January 8, 2014 -- Shaun Deeb, a player largely responsible for introducing the Western poker world to Open Face Chinese, won the $2k buyin OFC event at the Pokerstars Carribean Adventure. Cardplayer Magazine did a nice spotlight on the game and interview with Deeb after his win, see it here:

Shaun Deeb PCA OFC Win Video




OFC 2013-2014: TOP EVENTS AND TRENDS


December 29, 2013 -- Without further ado, may we present the Top 8 events and trends of the year in Open Face Chinese Poker, with a few predictions thrown in for good measure:

8) MAJOR TOURNAMENT OFFERINGS

With player demand high, all of the major tournament franchises have begun to include Open Face Chinese in their festival offerings. The WPT, EPT, WSOP, and Legends of Poker are a few of the big names to spread it. Pros Phil Hellmuth, Peter Jetten, Victor Ramdin, Jennifer Shahade, and Melissa Burr can be listed among the tournament winners this year. You can expect to see more of the same in 2014 as the game and tournament structures evolve, including a possible Pineapple OFC exhibition event at the WSOP.

7) 99,000 AND COUNTING

That's the number of views the 2+2 Open Face Chinese poker strategy thread has garnered. By comparison, the "Official (Poker)Stars Regulars Thread" that started 4 years ago, has 500,000. How does the thread rate in comparison to other like topics? It's listed in the "Draw and Other Poker" section, which covers games like 2-7, Badugi and Badacey. The next-highest thread has 6200 views. Time for a new section?

6) HANSEN, DWAN SKIP DAY 1 MAIN EVENT TO GRIND OFC

The session that threw lighter fluid on the OFC coals and blew up global interest overnight. In a now-infamous episode, Gus Hansen and Tom Dwan's 2013 WSOP Main Event stacks blinded down all of day 1 as the high-stakes pros battled on the felt in a nosebleed $3,000/point OFC game that was rumored to have Shaun Deeb, Brandon Cantu, Andrew Robl and 'the Asian businessmen' in the room. Twitter, the forums, and the poker media were all over the story, broadcasting awareness of the new game to a new audience - illustrated by a 2+2 forum post that asked, simply: "What is OFC?"

5) NOT JUST APPS ANY MORE

Until this year, playing Open Face Chinese online was limited to apps in the Android and Apple stores. But demand created a supply of entrants into the browser-based market, all vying for early OFC market share. Gambler Games, Pocket Rockets Casino, Grid Poker, and Bounty Poker are among the early adopters, spreading a mix of Standard, Pineapple and Turbo OFC. No bigger splash was made than by the most recent player entering the fray: Tony Guoga himself. With a "Christmas Gift" marketing push, Tony G announced the creation of an OFC-only poker client connected to his sportsbook TonyBet.

4, 3) EMERGENCE OF PINEAPPLE OFC / BETTING VARIANTS

It took a while for a standardized version of Open Face to take hold. Scoring, royalties and Fantasyland rules are now fairly orthodox. However, no sooner than this was established, some players decided to experiment with a draw/discard version of the game, and Pineapple OFC was invented. Already, this variant is being spread widely in home games, apps and online clients, and is even in the discussion for a WSOP bracelet.

A higher-variance version that rewards aggressive lines, Pineapple may not be for everyone. But at first glance its popularity is off the charts; hence it is entirely plausible that Pineapple may become the dominant form of the game in 2014. Already betting variations are in experimental form, with two major lines of thought forming: pot-limit and limit. The pot-limit version would play similarly to PLO, and the limit more like Stud. We expect to see at least one form of OFC with betting (and thus, bluffing) to be sculpted into form this year.

2) BRACELET BUZZ

In a Christmas Eve discussion on Twitter, WSOP director Jack Effel opened up debate of an OFC bracelet at the 2014 World Series of Poker. The influential poker pro Daniel Negreanu was among the many voices contributing to the conversation, and he brought up a salient point: is Open Face Chinese real poker if there is no betting or bluffing? A lengthy Twitter debate ensued, with many firmly in Kid Poker's corner and others with different opinions. No decision regarding a bracelet has been made at the time of this article, but the fact that the WSOP is considering it speaks to the sweeping popularity of the game.

1) HELLMUTH SKIPS BRACELET EVENT TO PLAY OFC

In "a move @shaundeeb would be proud of", as Phil Hellmuth declared on Twitter, the Poker Brat entered an Open Face Tournament instead of a WSOPE bracelet event at Paris' Aviation Club in October. For someone who could easily be characterized as obsessed with winning bracelets (a record 13 and counting) to choose OFC over a bracelet event - could there be a stronger, more ringing endorsement of this game? No, we didn't think so either. We choose this as the single most important event in a year of great OFC expansion because Phil Hellmuth is arguably the world's most famous poker player, a man whose celebrity transcends the poker world, and whose actions and words have great influence. We at Open Face Odds, looking at the evidence, can only pose the following question: "Phil, do you have a new obsession?"




OPEN FACE CHINESE POKER NEWS: DECEMBER 27, 2013


Upcoming Tournaments

Pokerstars' Carribean Adventure, aka the PCA, spreads an Open Face Chinese tournament on Tuesday, January 7, at 13:00.

$2000 + $200 buys you a starting stack of 30,000 chips, and the event is an unlimited rebuy. Late registration through first four 1/2-hour levels.

At the time of this reporting, Fantasyland is being debated for inclusion in the tournament. Most players agree it should be included, but there is some concern that a trip to Fantasyland late in the tournament could be too much of an advantage. For more details on this discussion, visit the Two+Two Forum PCA 2014 Thread

Click here for the Full PCA 2014 Schedule


OFC as a Bracelet Event Debated

Should Open Face Chinese become a bracelet event? WSOP director Jack Effel opened up discussion on Twitter Dec 23:



For the next 24 hours (well into Xmas Eve day) the conversation dominated much of the pokersphere. Here's the rundown on who said what:

Kevin Mathers (KevMath) begins the conversation with musings about offering Pineapple OFC, whereupon poker pro Scott Seiver approves, followed immediately by pro Daniel Negreanu weighing in with a strong opinion that OFC shouldn't be a bracelet event:



Seiver generally agrees with bracelet non-worthiness, but has second thoughts based on the sheer popularity of Open Face:



Poker player, women's chess champion, and Open Face Chinese afficionado Jennifer Shahade jumps in:



Kid Poker's comments about OFC bring a variety of opinions, yea and nay, to the conversation:



















What did WE have to say about it? We have some concerns about tournament structures (which will be addressed in a shortly forthcoming full-length article) and said 'no bracelet' for 2014. But for the future we like OFC's chances.





OPEN FACE CHINESE POKER NEWS: DECEMBER 18, 2013


Greenstein Tweeting Monsters, Cheadle Foe Gets Lucky

December 18, 2013 -- We have your OFC rundown -- Open Face Celebrity rundown, that is!

Barry Greenstein, esteemed poker pro and known Open Face Chinese Poker afficionado, tweeted out the following monster hand, where he caught a back row straight flush and binked a deuce on the river for middle-row quads - a 41-point hand. If you've played much Open Face, you know that's pretty darned good!



Actor Don Cheadle, whose philanthropic work with poker-fueled Ante Up for Afica has produced $3.2 million in charity donations, pic'd the following hand where an opponent named Norman (Chad, we wonder?) hits a straight flush using his official one time:



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