Pineapple poker is similar to Texas Hold ‘em except that each player is initially dealt one extra hole card, and must discard one of their hole cards. The most popular variation of Pineapple is Crazy Pineapple.
Crazy Pineapple Rules
In Crazy Pineapple poker rules, the two players to the left of the dealer post small and large blind bets, and other players then place ante bets.
Each player is dealt three hole cards, and a round of betting takes place.
After the first round of betting, the dealer turns over three community cards known as the flop. Each player must then analyse their cards and their value in relation to the flop and other players’ possible cards, and choose one of their hole cards to discard.
The dealer adds a fourth community card, known as the turn, to the table, and another round of betting takes place.
Finally, the dealer adds a fifth community card known as the river, and the last round of betting takes place. The person with the best 5-card hand, made up of any combination of their hole cards and the community cards, wins the pot.
Straight Pineapple is played the same as Crazy Pineapple, except that each player discards a hole card before the flop.
Another popular Pineapple variation is High-Low Pineapple, also known as Hi-Lo Pineapple or Crazy Pineapple 8/b. The rules for this game are very similar to those for Crazy Pineapple, but the two players with the highest and the lowest hands may split the pot. This means having to evaluate your cards in two different ways.
You may end up with a hand that gives you a shot at both the winning high and the winning low hand. For example, say you’re holding an ace of clubs and a 2 of diamonds. If the community cards are dealt as a 3, 5, 7 and jack of clubs and, at the river, a 10 of hearts, you’d have a chance at the lowest hand (with the ace, 2 of diamonds, the three lowest-ranked clubs from the community cards), and at the highest hand, with a flush of five clubs.
For a hand to qualify as a “low” hand, it can’t include cards ranked higher than 8. However, a low hand can include a straight or a flush. If more than one player has a final hand with all cards at or lower than 8, the player with the lowest high card will win the low hand and split the pot with the player who has the best high hand.
The best possible low hand in Pineapple 8/b is ace, 2, 3, 4 and 5.