A game that is not played that frequently in casinos but one that you will find on occasion in live tournaments, especially in mixed games, is Crazy Pineapple.
Some of you may think that this is an old version of Stud poker but in fact it is a modified version of Texas Hold’em with one distinct difference.
Keep reading for a quick introduction to Crazy Pineapple.
Rules of Crazy Pineapple
To start a hand of Crazy Pineapple, each player is dealt three cards face down like in Hold’em. Action proceeds around the table just like Texas Hold’em and after the first betting round, a flop is dealt.
Another betting round occurs and then each player must discard one card. From that point onward, the hand is played exactly like Texas Hold’em with a turn and river card dealt.
Hand Selection in Crazy Pineapple is a hybrid of your typical Hold’em hand selection mixed with a little Omaha hand selection.
Obviously you are going to work with hands such as big pairs, A-K suited, etc, but you will also want to consider hands that work together for multiple straight and/or flush draws.
Depending on action, you can gamble a bit more with hands such as A-2-3, 4-5-6, 7-8-9 and similar as they give you wrap chances before the flop.
When choosing to make a discard on the flop, take into consideration factors such as outs, action, and even pot size.
Some hands will be obvious, but when faced with decisions such as to go for a flush or a straight, these considerations can make the choices easier.
After the flop, you need to go back into Hold’em thinking and start evaluating the board as you would in a Hold’em game.
The good thing in most Crazy Pineapple games is that you are playing limit and won't be punished for your entire stack should you take a bad suckout or make a bad choice on a discard.
However, when you get there, you need to make sure you extract maximum value. In essence, think like an Omaha player pre-flop and like a Hold’em player post-flop in this game.
The above is just a brief introduction and should get you started on your way to learning a fun game of poker.