How would you set AsAhAc4c3c?

Posted at Mon Nov 25 2013

How would you set AImage AImage AImage 4Image 3Image?

Although setting trips seem easy, there have been interesting discussions where good Open Face Chinese players cannot agree on how to set it. This largely depends on what the kicker is and if the kickers are connected to each other.

Thus, how would you set AImage AImage AImage 4Image 3Image?

split trip aces to go for a flush

OR

trip aces on bottom with middle kickers

OR

trip aces on bottom with kicker on bottom

Using Warren’s OFC Simulator, here’s the equity for each set for all clubs.

club draws

As you can see, AImage AImage / AImage 3Image 4Image crushes other sets if the first card is a club. However, what is the equity for non-clubs cards?

non-club draws

As you can see, AImage AImage / AImage 3Image 4Image has little equity when the first draw is a non-club. Considering that the ratio for non-clubs to clubs is 3 to 1, here’s the total equity for all 42 cards for each set.

Total Equity for non-clubs AImage AImage / AImage 4Image 3Image = 13.15 * 3 = 39.45 points

Total Equity for non-clubs 3Image 4Image /AImage AImage AImage = 40.17 * 3 = 120.51 points

Total Equity for non-clubs 4Image / AImage AImage AImage 3Image = 44.12 * 3 = 132.36 points

trips total equity

In the final analysis, unless the kicker is a Q or a K where you can set for Fantasy Land, stick to the standard. Set the kicker on the bottom and go for the boat and quads royalties.

*Note: The total equity for diamond should be higher than spades and hearts since drawing the AImage will increase all the sets' equity. It's important to note that drawing the AImage will make the 4/AAA3 set even more valuable.

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