OPEN FACE ODDS -- PINEAPPLE OPEN FACE STRATEGY
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.
Lowball Adjustment 1: Break Up Your Flush