Crazy Pineapple poker is a fun twist on Texas Hold'em poker games. The only difference is that you are initially dealt three down cards but must discard one after the flop. You then continue your play with the two remaining cards in your hand, along with the five community cards in the middle of the board, and then continue to play just as you would when playing any Texas Hold'em game. Therefore, if you are not familiar with the mechanics of Texas Hold'em, be sure to read Chapter 5 before playing in any Crazy Pineapple poker game.
Crazy Pineapple can also be played as a high-low split poker game. The only difference is that one of your three hole cards would have to be discarded after the flop. The game would then be played just like any other high-low split poker game.
Crazy Pineapple is not a game that you should consider playing if you don't have the skills and the understanding needed to play well in any Texas Hold'em poker game. It's a fascinating game and a frustrating game and you need to possess a solid base of Hold'em knowledge if you plan on making money after you've clicked yourself into a game.
Crazy Pineapple's popularity is beginning to grow, and two Web sites currently spread the game — Paradise Poker and UltimateBet. If you prefer a site that does not offer Crazy Pineapple but you enjoy playing the game, contact your member services support team and request that they offer the game to their members.
The objective when playing Crazy Pineapple is to make the best high hand using the two remaining cards in your hand after the flop and the five community cards on the board.
Crazy Pineapple is a ten-handed community card game played exactly like Texas Hold'em, with one exception: You are initially dealt three down cards and must discard one of these three cards right after the flop. After you have discarded the third card, you continue to play just as you would play any Texas Hold'em poker game.
Keep in mind that when each player gets three cards before the flop — one more card than is dealt in a Texas Hold'em poker game — more cards that you might need are being dealt and mucked, and therefore may no longer be available in the deck.
The one advantage that Crazy Pineapple poker has over Texas Hold'em poker is that you initially have six cards to look at in order to help you decide what type of hand you should want to make. And just as when playing Texas Hold'em, you can use either one card from your hand and four from the community cards on the board, two cards from your hand and three community cards, or no cards from your hand when the nut hand appears on the board.
The Best Starting Hands
The following examples of starting hands are the best of the best and are usually always played by the tighter, more successful Crazy Pineapple poker players:
Ace-Ace-King, suited (As-Ad-Ks)
Ace-Ace-Queen, suited (As-Ad-Qd)
Ace-Ace-Jack, suited (As-Ad-Js)
Ace-Ace-Ten, suited (As-Ad-10d)
King-King-Ace, suited (Ks-Kd-As)
King-King-Queen, suited (Ks-Kd-Qs)
King-King-Jack, suited (Ks-Kc-Js)
King-King-Ten, suited (Ks-Kc-10s)
Ace-Ace-with any other suited cards (As-Ah-xs )
Queen-Queen-Ace, suited (Qs-Qc-As)
There are also many additional acceptable starting hands, like J-J-A, 10-10-A, A-K-Q, A-Q-J, and A-J-10, along with any other combination of three cards from the Ten to the Ace.
Many poker players feel that having to post a blind is a punishment for winning the hand. But if you are a good poker player and win enough of these types of pots, you'll be more than willing to post any and all of these forced blinds.
Let's say your cards are As-9s-Js, and the flop is Ac-Ah-5s. You have three to the nut flush and a set of Aces. But you have to discard either the A-J or 9. So what will you do? You already have a made hand that is probably a winner at the moment, but you also have the nut flush drawing hand that could get there by the river if you're lucky. Always stick with the made hand. It may not get any better, but standing alone it is still a very strong poker hand.
The Worst Starting Hands
The following examples of starting hands are the best of the worst starting hands for Crazy Pineapple poker players. Two hands that appear on one line are equally bad.
Two-Two-Seven, off-suit (2d-2c-7s)
Two-Three-Seven (2-3-7) and Two-Three-Eight (2-3-8)
Two-Six-Nine (2-6-9) and Two-Three-Nine (2-3-9)
Two-Four-Seven (2-4-7) and Two-Four-Eight (2-4-8)
Two-Five-Eight (2-5-8) and Three-Six (3-6-8)
King, Queen, or Jack with low, off-suited cards (Kd-5h-2s), (Qd-6h-3c), (Jh-4d-2s)
As you can see, these hands are very easy to get away from before the flop. And there will be times when you do the right thing and muck them, only to see on the flop that you would have had the unbeatable nuts, or at least would have had them by the river.
Let's say you've been dealt 2h-4h-7h. You pay the price to see the flop and it shows Ah-5h-3h. You have straight flush draws and straight draws, but now you also have to pick and muck one of your cards. So do you muck the Deuce and kill one end of the straight, or muck the Seven? You decide to muck the Seven and on the turn the board now looks like this: Ah-5h-3h-7d. You mucked a Seven only to see its twin arrive on the turn.
What luck, but that's poker.
If you decide that Crazy Pineapple is the game for you and you want to continue to win, stick with the premium hands, play conservatively, and fold on the turn if your hand does not improve.
Now the river card is dealt and you see Ah-5h-3h-7d-Jh. Do you still think your Five-high flush is good enough to win the pot? Odds will dictate that someone is holding a King or a Queen, or a Ten, a Nine, an Eight, or even the Six of hearts, which is also good enough to beat your flush.
As in any multi-card poker game, trap hands can be very costly in the long run when you don't get in the habit of releasing them on the turn when your hand does not improve. Therefore, any hand that you call on the turn that is still a calling hand will almost always trap you all the way to the river when you don't learn to fold on the turn.