Crazy Pineapple Poker Rules

How to Play Pineapple Poker, a Variation of Texas Hold'em

Tired of plain old Texas Hold'em? Try this variation to the game, Pineapple Poker, or it's close relative, Crazy Pineapple. Pineapple poker is almost identical to Hold'em, so first make sure you know the rules to Texas Hold'em, because this game starts out different...but ends up the same.

How to Play

  • Just as in Hold'em, the two players to the left of the dealer post blinds before the deal.
  • Now, the changes begin. In Pineapple Poker, instead of being dealt two hole cards as in Texas Hold'em, each player gets three hole cards to begin. Then there is a betting round.
  • If you're playing regular pineapple, every player now discards one of their three hole cards. So everyone now only has the regular two hole cards they would have in a Texas Hold'em game. Play continues just like in Texas Hold'em. Hand values are a little inflated, but nothing too crazy happens.
  • After the betting is complete, the flop is dealt, and another round of betting begins.
  • Here's where it gets "Crazy." In Crazy Pineapple, players have held onto to their three starting cards to this point. After the second round of betting is done, this is when players discard one of their three cards. Having seen how the flop hits their hands, players can make far better decisions about which two cards to keep and which one to throw away. This makes for big hands, big pots, and big bad beats. That ought to keep the boredom away.
  • From here on, the game is identical to Texas Hold'em. The turn is dealt, a round of betting happens, the river is dealt, there is a final betting round, and if anyone is left then there's a showdown. Players can use any combination of the two hole cards in their hands and the five board or community cards on the table to make the best hand, and the best hand wins the pot.

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Pineapple, like Hold'em, can be played limit, pot-limit, or no-limit. No-limit is especially interesting as opposed to Hold'em, where if you get all in preflop you are a passive observer for the rest of the hand, in Pineapple, if all the money goes in preflop, there is still one more decision to be made that will affect the outcome of the hand.

Introduce this game to your home game and it will make it a little crazy. If you want to make it not just crazy, but absolutely insane, play Crazy Pineapple High-Low split. The decisions players face on the flop when deciding whether to go for high or low will make them sweat and squirm no matter the stakes. And if there's an eight qualifier on the low like in Omaha Eight or Better, the game can really test your nerves.

 

Edited by Adam Stemple, 2016