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)?
OFC Theory: The "Cannibals": Cards that merge draw and value ranges, adding to one row while simultaneously
subtracting from another.
January 28, 2016 -- by Ben McClelland
Pineapple OFC 2-7 (low or lowball) requires many adjustments from regular Pineapple OFC, perhaps most importantly in the choice of first-five settings.
It is a difficult adjustment, since many of the standard setting strategies of regular Pineapple OFC must be discarded, and the new tactics
can easily feel unnatural. Here is a case in point: QQ in your starting 5.
An aggressive strategy in regular Pineapple OFC would have the QQ go on top, like so:
But in lowball, queens do NOT take you Fantasyland. Instead, it's Kings or better to get you there. Queens up top would still yield a 7-point
royalty; however, in this hand, the QQ top would prevent a Fantasyland go.
So, as a general rule of thumb in lowball: Early-game QQ is to be used as a building block rather than a Fantasyland qualifier.
The better set, then, is as follows:
The hand as it played out:
One more example:
Making QQ an essential building block rather than a Fantasyland-go is one of the many changes you'll have to make as you learn to adjust your play
Stay tuned for more in the lowball series on Open Face Odds.