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5 ADJUSTMENTS TO MAKE IN LOWBALL PINEAPPLE OFC

June 29, 2016 -- By Ben McClelland

Pineapple 2-7 is one of the popular variations of Pineapple Open Face Chinese poker. Part of its appeal is that the lowball middle allows more paths to Fantasyland, and a player will find themselves getting there about twice as often as in the regular variation. But while lowball allows more flexibility, first-five setting strategy must be adjusted, and some early-game tactics that are slam-dunks in Pineapple OFC should be tossed out the window!

So what makes 2-7 so different?

First, let’s take a look at the rules. In Pineapple OFC, your rows must be sequentially stronger from front to back. In 2-7, only the front and back follow that rule, while the middle row must have a 10-or-better lowball hand. Fantasyland qualifications are KK+ in front or a lowball wheel (75432) in the middle. Some rule sets even allow consecutive Fantasylands (2 in a row) for making a middle wheel and KK+ in front.

KK front Fantasyland


Lowball Wheel Fantasyland



KK front & Wheel Fantasyland



Scoring is different too. Since any pair or better in the middle row is a foul in 2-7, trips, straights, flushes and any other royalties scored in the regular Pineapple variation are dropped. Instead, a 9-high low scores 1 point, 8-high 2 points, and 7-high 3 points. The value you lose in the middle row is made up in the number of times you get to Fantasyland, and you will find yourself getting there roughly twice as often in lowball. Fantasyland repeat qualification is trips in front, quads or better in back. Oh yes, and there is a twist: You can actually foul in Fantasyland! If you don’t get enough low cards to make a 10-high middle, you will misset. This happens rarely but it is a small factor in calculating Fantasyland EV.

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