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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.



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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.




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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.

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Seeing Spots -- Part I



December 13, 2014 -- Constant decisions have to be made in Open Face Chinese. Pineapple OFC is particularly head-scratching, as you will always have at least 3 cards to decide what to do with! You often must choose between at least two options, and discarding a card that could improve a row can be frustrating. But a firm grasp of the math can be a great help in deciding whether to trust - or be suspicious of - your first instincts.

The following spot presents a small dilemma:



An obvious first choice here is to complete the full house in back for value. Neither opponent is doing very well in the back row, so it appears that I am well on my way to a back row win and a 6-point royalty times 2, or 12 easy points.

But what about the middle row? Adding the 4 makes 2-pair, taking a lead against the 55 on the right and hedging against a possible AA from the villain on the left. And a JJJT back row still takes a substantial lead there. So I am adding scoop equity by two-pairing the middle, as well as giving myself an opportunity to bink a high pair in front and go to Fantasyland. And, surprisingly, a 3-outer (JTT) is still 58% to come in even after discarding the T.

I hate to give up the full house royalties, however, so I'm inclined to fill up the boat now. 58% chance of completing also means 42% chance of missing. And there are more outs in the middle overall, 7 in total. What are my odds to get two-pair or trips the middle if I don't set the 4 now? A whopping 90%, with a 43% chance I hit trip deuces for an extra 4 points.

So after this brief math-check, I can go ahead with my full house, nearly guaranteed to make a hand in the middle which can support a higher pair in the front row, while also taking the lead in the middle.







The last two cards set are shaded, so you can see each players' last pull. My two pair (or better) filled out the middle, as expected. Opponent on right fouled, and opponent on left binked an Ace on the last pull to avoid the scoop, and I got close to the max value I could expect without going to Fantasyland, which would have been 24 points.

At the end of the day I went with my initial instinct, but it was nice to back it up with the math. The hand was a 19-point win, which was just fine in a 3-handed game.





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