POKER VARIANTS

Texas Holdem Pineapple Poker

Texas Hold’em Pineapple poker is an upcoming poker variant which is becoming increasing popular in casinos in the United States. It is often called a cousin of Texas Holdem No Limit Poker and is very similar in terms of poker rules. Pineapple poker bridges the gap between Omaha and Texas Holdem.

How to Play

In Texas Hold’em Pineapple poker, each player receives three hole cards out of which he discards one card after which the game proceeds exactly as Texas Hold’em. This implies that each player keeps the best two cards out of three hole cards and then betting proceeds.

This poker game also has some interesting variations called Lazy Pineapple where players are dealt three cards and they keep all three of them. He may use one, two, three or no card out of these to make his best of five after using the five community cards. Another variation is Crazy Pineapple where players discard their third card after the flop but before the turn card is dealt. In another popular variant, called Super Hold’em players keep all three cards through to showdown and have to use all three hole cards to make their best hand. But in all variations of this poker game, the poker rules for betting remain the same as standard Texas Hold’em. In many instances, pineapple poker is also played as a high/lo split game where the player who shows the lowest cards also splits the hand with the one with the highest hand.

Rules & Strategy

Poker rules for Texas Hold’em Pineapple Poker are the same as Texas Hold’em except for the way the hole cards are to be approached in the various versions. The betting structure is the same as its cousin poker game. Only when the game is played as a high/lo version, where the player who shows the lowest cards also splits the hand with the one with the highest hand a slight difference comes into being.

Since Pineapple poker bears a stark resemblance to the Texas Hold’em game of poker thus poker strategy to play it are also similar. Some poker tips for the same are:

  • The 3 card advantage: Pots can become very big in Texas Hold’em Pineapple poker because each player has a 3 card choice now instead of 2. More hands will be played by more players going into the flop as a result so a poker strategy that helps you to play tight is better to stick around in the long term.
  • Playing with pairs: Pairs are easier to get in Pineapple poker and thus should be played cautiously. It should be remembered that if your pairs do not turn into a set by the turn then it’s time to muck them.
  • Don’t slow play: Slow playing your cards is never recommended in most Pineapple poker game variations. Especially where players get to keep their 3 hole cards till flop and showdown, everyone has a higher chance of hitting a flush or a straight and aggression should be displayed if you hit something big.
  • Discarding the card: in Pineapple poker where the third hole card is discarded before the flop, it is important to see that a player holds on to suited connectors, pairs, royals etc to try and flop pairs or straight/flush draws. In variants where the third card is discarded after the flop, a player has to devise a poker strategy and justify his discard. He has to ensure that he is keeping the cards which will get him best results after the turn and river. While what turn and river come are not in his hands but the decision he makes can make a lot of difference.

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