What to do with this collection of ..... well, trash?
It's a very nice thing when you are dealt a monster first five cards in Open Face Chinese Poker. Q/KK/AA, for example,
is a coin flip for Fantasyland, and it's likely you'd wrap up the middle
row with KK, where a single pair or even ace-high is often good. Alternatively, if you set x/Q/KKAA, you still have the same
shot at pairing the Q, and about a 60% chance to make a nut full house in back.
Another good-looking first five cards is 4 to a flush, which has over an 85% shot to get there.
Then, of course, there's your standard luckbox first five - a flush, boat, or quads in the hole - which will
obviously be set in the back row giving you many options for filling out the middle and front.
But like in any other poker game, you are not always dealt the perfect hole cards. So how can you maximize value
and/or control the damage from being way behind at the start of the hand?
I had just woken up from a nap and decided to play a few HU Open Face Chinese hands on one of my Android apps. I was probably on my 3rd hand
when I caught the above starting 5. I set my cards like so:
Looking back at the hand later, I realized I must have been a little foggy from
sleep when I made that set. For one thing, I'm not a big believer in the 'two-flush' getting there. Not that it doesn't happen,
but the odds are against it, and if I was going to try to flush the back row, why not set up the Q2ss instead of
8-high? Furthermore, if I'm not trying to set a flush in back, why not put the 9c with the 87hh and be 3-up-and-down to the
straight? 87 suited obviously can make a straight flush, but hoping to hit with only two to it is, in a word,
delusional. In retrospect, I wouldn't say it was my smartest play.