OPEN FACE ODDS -- PINEAPPLE OPEN FACE STRATEGY
ADJUSTMENT #1: BREAK UP YOUR FLUSH
Is it heresy? Madness? Not really. The 3-flush or 4-flush back row opening, typically used in Pineapple OFC,
is much more likely to be broken up in lowball. The following hand, Jh 5h 7h 4d 3c,
normally set as a 3-flush in back with a 43 middle, will be adjusted to J in back with 5743 in middle (4 to the wheel):
In 'regular' Pineapple OFC:
Same hand, in Lowball OFC:
Result: Wheel & Fantasyland
It will feel unnatural to break up a dealt 3-flush or 4-flush. However once you gain some experience in 2-7 you will
realize the importance of setting early low cards (regardless of suit) in the middle row, as well as conserving Aces, Kings, and Queens, for
front-row Fantasyland, or back-row pairs.
This doesn't mean a back row flush can't be useful in lowball. Depending on the contour of your first five cards, it may be
the way to go, as you'll see in the next example.
ADJUSTMENT 2: BREAK UP LOW 2-PAIR HANDS