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OFC Pineapple Rules

OFC Pineapple is an exciting variation of poker that is played with a regular deck of 52 cards, all cards from 2 to the Ace are used and the Jokers are excluded. However, this variation can only have a maximum of 3 players in a game.

The rules of OFC Pineapple are pretty much to the point, the main aim of this game is to set the strongest hand and to outwit your opponents and collect as many points as possible.

In OFC Pineapple poker, there are a total of 5 streets: 5+2+2+2+2.

When a player gets Fantasyland, he obtains 14 cards face down, out of which 13 must be laid out and 1 card must be discarded.

OFC Pineapple Hand Play

The live and online version of OFC Pineapple is played with a regular 52 card deck. The game has no common community cards or different betting rounds.

Dealing of the Cards

Each player receives their card one by one for the 5 streets:

1st street – 5 cards are dealt. Players must lay out all the 5 cards in the boxes provided.

2nd street – 3 cards are dealt. When play moves on to the 2nd street, beginning from here, players must lay out only 2 cards in the boxes and discard 1 card.

3rd street – 3 cards are dealt. Players must lay out 2 cards in the boxes and discard 1 card.

4th street – 3 cards are dealt. Players must lay out 2 cards in the boxes and discard 1 card.

5th street – 3 cards are dealt. Players must lay out 2 cards in the boxes and discard 1 card.

Boxes

The boxes are provided for players to lay out their cards. Players must lay out their cards in all the 3 boxes - Front, Middle and Back.

Front – The top most box that can contain 3 cards. They make some of the weakest combinations with possibilities like "Three of a kind", "One Pair" and "High Card". Stronger combinations require a minimum of 4 cards to be used.

Middle – The middle box can contain 5 cards. The combinations strength is medium.

Back – The lower box also contains 5 cards. The lower box contains the strongest combination.

Rules of the boxes – As per OFC Pineapple rules, the Front box cannot be stronger than the Middle box, the Middle box cannot be stronger than the Back box. Keeping this in mind, the combinations in the boxes must be laid out in an ascending order, according to the card rankings. Combinations that are of equal strength are allowed.

If these rules aren't followed or adhered too, the hand is considered as a Foul Hand and the player receives no points.

Game Commencement

The game requires a minimum number of 2 players and a maximum number of 3 players. Once the minimum number of players are seated at the table

When the minimum number of players (2) is at a table, every player has to confirm to play the round. Playing does not start until all the players confirm to play. Being on a table, players get a pop-up window to click “Play” to agree to pay minimum buy-in and start playing.

Game Course

Once the game commences, in the 1st street the player seated to the left of the dealer button acts first. This player is dealt 5 cards face up and he is required to lay out all the 5 cards in three boxes. OFC Pineapple is played entirely open, this would mean that a player doesn't have any undisclosed cards and every player is allowed to view their opponents' cards as their kept open and visible. Players get to lay out their cards one by one and the entire process of laying out cards is visible to all players.

Finishing the turn in the 1st street

After a player has laid out all his cards, he receives a prompt asking him to click "Ready", only after clicking ready will the turn be completed. Before a player clicks on "Ready", the player has the opportunity to shift any of his cards. Once the player's turn is completed, the next player is dealt 5 cards and so on, until all players have completed the 1st street.

Finishing the turn in the rest streets

After the 1st street is completed, from the 2nd street onward, every player receives three cards face down but is required to lay out only two cards into the boxes. The one remaining card is discarded, only after this the first two cards are opened. This process is repeated until all players have a total of thirteen cards laid out to form a complete Chinese Poker Hand. However, players cannot shift the cards that they have laid out in the previous streets.

Action Timeout

Every player receives an equal amount of time, i.e 2 minutes to lay out their cards in all streets. The time count down begins from the 1st street, therefore implying that when a player reached the 2nd street they would possess a lesser amount of time than the 1st street.

In cases when a player exhausts their Regular Time, they have an option of adding an addition Time Bank of 3 minutes. While playing OFC Pineapple, if a player runs out of both Regular Time and their Time Bank and still doesn't manage to complete their turn, the cards are laid out in the following manner:

Every card is laid out in the order that they have been received. The cards are laid out first in the back line, then in the middle and finally in the front line. From the second street onward, the first two cards that are received are laid out and the third card is discarded.

In case a player gets disconnected from the game, the additional Time Bank of 3 minutes can be utilized. In case the connection isn't restored before the Time Bank runs out, the cards are laid out automatically and scored. After this, the player is moved to "Sit Out" and the player does not continue playing unless his opponent gets "Fantasyland". In accordance to the rules of Chinese Poker, Fantasyland is an extension of a hand, thus implying that when Fantasyland is played and the opponent will be moved to a Sit Out position only after Fantasyland is complete.

Scoring and Bonuses

After a hand is completed, the hand score is tallied and summed up. Every players' hand is compared head-to-head in their respective combinations - strongest with strongest, medium with medium and weakest with weakest. In cases where players scores draw in any of the boxes (for example, players possess an equal flash in the back box) none of the players receive points for their hand.

Scoring rules

In OFC Pineapple, there are two systems of scoring:

2-4 Scoring

A player receives 1 point for each hand won. Additionally, a player also receives 1 point if he wins two out of three hands or all three hands. In cases when players' draw, none of them receive points. But if a player wins two other hands, he receives 3 points in total - 1 for each hand won and 1 additional point for winning two hands.

1-6 Scoring

In this scoring format, player receives 1 point for each hand won and additional 3 points if they win all three hands.

Foul (Dead Hand)

As the rules of the OFC Pineapple state that the front box combination strength cannot be more than the middle box combinations strength. Thus, if a player fails to lay his cards in the order of combinations strength, then that particular hand is deemed as a Foul Hand or a Dead Hand. In such scenarios, all players’ combinations are considered to be losing to the opponents and the player does not earn any points but pays 6 points as a fine and a bonus point to each opponent.

If two or more players possess Dead Hands, then their hands receive 0 points.

Royalties

OFC Pineapple rules state that a player receives points for winning a hand but they are also awarded some royalties for the combinations made, regardless of the outcome of their hand. However, royalties aren’t obligatory.

Dead Hands or Fouls, do not receive any royalties. Royalties are calculated either by Russian or US rules.

 

Hand Combination Russian rules American rules
Back a straight 2
a flush 4
a full house 6
four of a kind 8 10
straight flush 10 15
royal flush 15 25
–úiddle three of a kind 2
a straight 4
a flush 8
a full house 12
four of a kind 16 20
straight flush 20 30
royal flush 30 50
Front 66 1
77 2
88 3
99 4
TT 5
JJ 6
QQ 7
KK 8
AA 9
222 10
333 11
444 12
555 13
666 14
777 15
888 16
999 17
TTT 18
JJJ 19
QQQ 20
KKK 21
AAA 22

 

Fantasy Land

How does one know they’ve achieved Fantasyland? Well, when a player receives QQ or a higher in their upper box and if his hand isn’t fouled, that player achieves Fantasyland.

The following happens when a player achieves Fantasyland:
A player’s hand is extended by one hand;
The player receives their cards in the same turn and the dealer button remains at the same position;

When a player achieves Fantasyland, that player receives 14 cards face down. Out of the 14 cards one card must be discarded and the remaining 13 cards must be laid out in a similar time as a usual Chinese Poker Hand. During this process, the other players cannot view the player laying out his cards until they completes the move. Once this is done, all the other players continue to play Pineapple and they do not see that player’s cards until the hand ends.

Fantasyland can be achieved by several or all players.

If all players, except one, receives Fantasyland, they lay down cards at the same time:

When all players, except a single player receive Fantasyland, they lay down their cards at the same time:

Fantasylanding players receives 14 cards face down and are supposed to lay them out. The player who does not achieve Fantasyland also lays out his cards face down, but he receives them according to the regular rules of Pineapple, initially 5, followed by 3, and so on.

A player can repeat Fantasyland only if he collects a minimum combination. The minimum combination varies according to the type of Fantasyland:

Classic

Fantasyland cannot be repeated by a player more than 1 time in a row. To remain in Fantasyland while in Fantasyland, a player must possess a minimum combination of either of the following options:

“Three of a kind” in the front hand OR;
“Four of a kind” in the middle hand OR;
“Four of a kind” in the back hand.

Unlimited

In this format, a player can repeat Fantasyland an unlimited number of times. To remain in Fantasyland while in Fantasyland, must possess a minimum combination of either of the following options:

“Three of a kind” in the front hand OR;

“Full house” in the middle hand OR;

“Four of a kind” in the back hand.

Also ensuring that a player’s hand isn’t a foul hand.

Points

Unlike other poker variations, in OFC Pineapple, the stakes played for are known as points. To be seated and to play at a particular table, a player must pay the cost for the minimum points (minimum buy-in) allotted for that table.

For example, if the minimum number of point to be brought to the table is 50 and each point costs 1 Rupee, the minimum buy-in would be Rs. 50. Players aren’t in control of how much they can win or lose as the points are calculated at the end of each hand. Keeping this in mind, a player cannot win more points than he possesses from another player and also he cannot win (or lose) more points than his opponent has.

Example:

Player No1 - 10 points

Player No2 - 50 points

Situation 1: Player 2 wins with the difference of +25 points. However, he gets only 10 points (which is maximum number of points his opponent has had in the hand).