Pineapple open-face Chinese poker (pineapple OFC) is a heck of a game, with a strategy, and an energy all its own. Welcome to the crazy side of open-face Chinese poker.
Pineapple OFC is a derivative of standard open-face Chinese poker with fantasy land, the rules for which can be found here .
Just as in regular OFC, the players get several cards in turn, and place them face-up until they make a 13-card hand, consisting of a "top," "middle," and "bottom" row, of three, five, and five cards, respectively. The players start by placing their first five cards each, but then the “crazy pineapple” part kicks in.
The first five cards are placed just as in regular OFC, and then players get dealt three cards instead of just one. In turn, each player then places two of the three cards in any of his or her available rows before discarding the third one face down.
It is customary not to show the third card to the the opponents, but should be remembered for your own information. Some players use this hidden information to purposefully discard cards that their opponents need to make their hands. Discarded cards are not shuffled back in the deck.
Scoring is the same in pineapple OFC as it is in regular OFC, and you can view the complete scoring rules on our regular OFC rules page.
Fantasy Land Changes
The rules for making it to fantasy land are the same as in regular OFC. You need or better on top to qualify, and since the players see 50% more cards in pineapple OFC than in regular OFC, players make it to fantasy land much more often.
To compensate for the fact that hands are now much stronger than in regular OFC, players in pineapple OFC fantasy land get dealt 14 cards and get to play any 13 of them, discarding one.
Adding that 14th card may not seem like much, but it nearly doubles the chance for a player to stay in fantasy land by making a big hand in the top, middle, or bottom. See our regular OFC rules for a complete list of hands that allow you to stay in fantasy land.
There you have it. Welcome to the Open Face Chinese Poker game where the players make hands that are twice as big in half the rounds, where fantasy land is not just possible but standard, and where you get a 14th chance at quads or a straight flush.
We'll see you in fantasy land!
OFC rules have been contributed by Nikolai Yakovenko. Known as "Googles,"Yakovenko is originally from Moscow, Russia and is now a poker player and software developer that resides in Brooklyn, New York. After several years at Google New York working on ranking algorithms, he's been developing independent software projects ever since. On his poker record, Yakovenko has made both World Series of Poker and World Poker Tour final tables. He also helped create the ABC Open-Face Chinese Poker iPhone App, which is where the sceenshots are from. The Pineapple version of the app is currently in beta, but will be available to the public soon. You can follow Yakovenko on Twittter at @ivan_bezdomny.