STRATEGY ARTICLES


OVERVALUING SMALL PAIRS IN FRONT PART II: EXPLAINING SCOOP EQUITY, ROYALTY EQUITY AND 'GAMBLE E.V.'


STANDARD OFC BEGINNER STRATEGY: OVERVALUING SMALL PAIRS IN FRONT


PINEAPPLE OFC: TAKING AN ALTERNATE LINE WHILE IN 14-CARD FANTASYLAND TO IMPROVE YOUR SCOOP EQUITY.


A KEY DECISION POINT ON THE BUBBLE OF AN OPEN FACE CHINESE POKER TOURNAMENT, ANALYZED WITH PICTURES AND PERCENTAGES.


STRATEGY ANALYSIS OF SET 1 OF 35667, WITH IN-DEPTH EXPLANATION OF ARRAY SORTING, DRAW RANGES, AND 6TH STREET PROBABILITIES.


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. INTRODUCING ARRAY SORTING.


POKER COACH AND AUTHOR DERRIC HAYNIE TALKS ABOUT THE COMPLEXITIES THAT MAKE OPEN FACE CHINESE POKER A GAME FOR THE FUTURE.


AWWWW YEAH! VEGAS OPEN FACE TAKES ON OPEN FACE ODDS IN A HEADS UP PINEAPPLE MATCH. ROUND 1 HAND ANALYSIS FROM BOTH SIDES!


THE "CANNIBALS": CARDS THAT MERGE DRAW AND VALUE RANGES, ADDING TO ONE ROW WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY SUBTRACTING FROM ANOTHER


VEGAS OPEN FACE GUEST BLOGS WITH A BLOW-BY-BLOW ANALYSIS OF A LIVE PINEAPPLE OPEN FACE HAND


THE "COOPERATORS": HANDS THAT CAN BE SPLIT INTO COMPLEMENTARY DRAW RANGES WITHIN THE TOTAL ARRAY OF UNKNOWN CARDS


DID YOU KNOW THERE ARE 7,462 UNIQUE STARTING HANDS IN OPEN FACE CHINESE POKER? OK, GREAT - NOW RANK THEM.


3 TO THE STRAIGHT FLUSH - IT'S SEXY, ALLURING AND FUN. SHOULD YOU GO FOR IT?


PINEAPPLE OPEN FACE - BEFORE CARELESSLY DISCARDING UNWANTED CARDS, CONSIDER WHETHER YOU CAN CREATE AN ILLUSION OF GOOD DRAWS FOR YOUR OPPONENT


YOU'RE DEALT A SORRY FIRST 5. CAN A MEDIUM PAIR IN FRONT SAVE THE DAY? WITH FRONT-ROW ROYALTY EQUIVALENCY FACTS THAT OFTEN ESCAPE ATTENTION


THAT BACK ROW STRAIGHT CAME IN - BUT WHAT WAS THE MATH BEHIND IT?


AN EXPLORATION OF ALL SCORING POSSIBILITIES IN HEADS UP OPEN FACE, WITH TIPS ON IMPROVING PPH (POINTS PER HAND) AVG.


THINK TWICE BEFORE YOU SET THAT BACK ROW MONSTER.....ARE YOU THINKING VERTICALLY AS WELL AS HORIZONTALLY?



OPEN FACE ODDS

Open Face Chinese Poker - Theory

Categories: First Five

November 7, 2013





CLASSIFICATION OF STARTING HANDS

PART III -- CANNIBALS


If Cooperators play together nicely by staying out of each others' draw ranges, Cannibals do exactly the opposite by getting in each others' way.

CANNIBALS



A Cannibal card adds value to one row's primary draw or EV while simultaneously subtracting value from another row because it reduces the number of primary draw outs and/or immediate scoring value in that row.

This starting hand will in most circumstances be split in the first-five set to draw to a back row flush or a full house+ (see below), but in either set, the 5 of spades is a cannibalizing card.



Setting the 5 in the back row with the other spades allows for a back row flush-draw EV, but reduces immediate scoring value and the drawing range of the middle row:









Alternatively, setting the 5 with the other 5's allows the boat+ EV, but again reduces immediate scoring value and the primary draw range for the middle row:







When playing standard OFC, the trips back row set probably makes the most sense; in Pineapple OFC, not necessarily. Setting trips in the middle and a 2-flush in back isn't a bad play with 12 cards coming, if the quality of the array is good. [ See Parts I and II for discussion of the array ]



Cannibals can also appear on subsequent streets any time the first five cards are not able to be set in fully cooperating draw ranges. The following pull on 8th street is an example of a typical setting conundrum:







If the 7s is set in the back row, it adds value to the flush draw while simultaneously eating the middle rows' primary drawing outs, weakening the hand's chances of getting to Fantasyland; if it is set in the middle, foul probability jumps in the back row. Again, the variant of the game makes a big difference here. In standard OFC, the only play is to set the 7 in the back row. In Pineapple, depending on array quality, the middle row is a likely destination.



Here are some more examples of Cannibals:












coming soon -- PART IV: VERTICALS