Pineapple OFC

Pineapple OFC (OFC/P) is a fast-paced variant of Open Face Chinese. In Pineapple OFC, multiple cards are drawn at a time, and players must choose to play some cards and discard others as they are dealt in turn.

Pineapple OFC Gameplay
Pineapple OFC, also called OFC/P, can be played by 2 or 3 players.

During the course of the hand, players will arrange their hole cards on the layout in rows to make 3 poker hands, arranged in order of ascending rank. These hands are called the top, middle, and bottom:

• Top hand: A 3-card poker hand, which may only rank as a high card, a pair, or three of a kind. Straights and flushes do not count. It must rank lowest of the 3 hands.

• Middle hand: A standard 5-card poker hand. It must rank higher than the top hand.

• Bottom hand: A standard 5-card poker hand. It must rank the highest of the 3 hands.

An OFC/P hand that breaks these rules (by having a top hand stronger than the middle hand, or a middle hand stronger than the bottom hand) is a fouled hand and automatically loses.

At the start of a hand, each player is dealt 5 face-down hole cards.

Clockwise from the dealer, players in turn set and confirm the positions of these 5 cards on the layout, face-up. Once confirmed, the cards become visible to all players and cannot be changed or moved.

For the rest of the hand, each player is dealt 3 face-down cards at once in turn, and must place 2 of the cards into available positions on the layout while discarding the third. Once positioning is confirmed, the cards become visible to all players and cannot be changed or moved to a different row.

The remaining cards are dealt in this manner, three at a time, until all players have completed their layouts of 13 cards. Hands are then compared and scored.

Scoring
At showdown, players hands are compared and points are exchanged based on hand strength.

Two players’ individual hands are first compared to each other for scoring, row to row (top against top, middle against middle, and bottom against bottom), with the better hand winning each comparison.

• 1 point is awarded to the winner of each of the three hands.
• 3 bonus points are awarded if a player wins all three hands.

Additional bonus points called royalties are then awarded for certain strong hands:

Bottom Royalties

• Royal Flush: 25 points
• Straight Flush: 15 points
• Four of a Kind: 10 points
• Full House: 6 points
• Flush: 4 points
• Straight: 2 points

Middle Royalties

• Royal Flush: 50 points
• Straight Flush: 30 points
• Four of a Kind: 20 points
• Full House: 12 points
• Flush: 8 points
• Straight: 4 points
• Three of a Kind: 2 points

Top Royalties

AAA: 22 points
KKK: 21 points
QQQ: 20 points
JJJ: 19 points
TTT: 18 points
999: 17 points
888: 16 points
777: 15 points
666: 14 points
555: 13 points
444: 12 points
333: 11 points
222: 10 points
AA: 9 points
KK: 8 points
QQ: 7 points
JJ: 6 points
TT: 5 points
99: 4 points
88: 3 points
77: 2 points
66: 1 point

The awarded points and royalties for both players are then recorded. If more than 2 players are playing, each remaining exchange is scored until all players have exchanged points with all other players in the hand.

After a round of hands completes, players settle the final total of points won or lost, by exchanging chips with the other players in turn. Players are not allowed to sit out or leave the table during a round of hands, and must wait until the round is complete.

Fantasyland
The Fantasyland bonus requirement in OFC/P is QQ+ (a pair of Queens or better as top).

A player enters Fantasyland by making a hand which both meets this requirement and does not foul.

The button does not advance during a Fantasyland bonus hand.

In the bonus hand, the player in Fantasyland receives 14 cards face-down at the start of the hand, and sets a complete 13-card hand face-down on the first turn, discarding 1 card.

All players not in Fantasyland receive 5 starting cards as normal, and must draw and set their hands face-up in turn. The hand is then scored normally.

A player in Fantasyland may repeat Fantasyland and play another bonus hand by making one of the following strong hands while in Fantasyland:

• Three of a Kind or better (top)
• Full House or better (middle)
• Four of a Kind or better (bottom)

OFC/P is played for table stakes. The amount a player has at the table determines the maximum win or loss possible in one round.


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