How to Play Pineapple Poker

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Pineapple Poker


So you enjoy Texas Holdem and Omaha and are looking for a new community card game to try. Have you considered Pineapple? Pineapple poker is more than just a delicious fruit, it's also a great poker game spread in many California card rooms and occasionally found online. If you like holdem or Omaha, you'll probably enjoy Pineapple too. Here are the basics of Pineapple.

While in holdem you start out with two hole cards and in Omaha with four, Pineapple puts you right in the middle with three cards to start with. All players then discard one, leaving them with two as in holdem. Betting proceeds as in holdem, and in fact the rest of the hand is played out exactly like a holdem hand.

Another popular variation of the game is known as "Crazy Pineapple." In Crazy Pineapple, each player once again gets three cards. Players call the blind bet, raise or fold, and whatever players are still in the hand see the flop. Players starting to the left of the dealer may now bet, and only after this betting round is complete do players discard one of their three cards. The rest of the play continues as in holdem, and like holdem, you can use both of your cards, one, or none in conjunction with the board cards to make your best five card poker hand.

Many players prefer Crazy Pineapple as there is an added element of strategy that makes this game distinct from holdem. In traditional pineapple, knowing which card to throw away is fairly easy; you're probably going to keep either a pair or your two highest cards. However, the presence of the flop changes things. You now may be forced to decide whether you are going to keep a made hand or break it up in order to draw at a more powerful hand such as a straight or flush. This decision will often be dependent on the size of the pot and the number of players in the hand.

Pineapple and Crazy Pineapple are typically played with fixed limits, although it can be played pot limit or no limit as well, and it is not that common to see this game played for the highest stakes. Pineapple online poker can be found online at poker sites such as Paradise Poker and Ultimate Bet.

While the lack of players relative to other poker games out there make this a game you probably won't be making your living from, it can be a fun diversion from your typical holdem or Omaha sessions. If you happen to be in a card room or on one of the poker sites that feature Pineapple or Crazy Pineapple, you might want to sit down for a hand or two.

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