Introduction to Crazy Pineapple
Crazy Pineapple is a variant of Texas Hold'em, using the exact same rule set and game play with the only differences being that players are dealt three cards pre-flop and has to discard one of the cards on the flop. After the flop, the game is exactly like Texas Hold'em with a turn and river being dealt and the best high ranking five card combination winning the hand.
Crazy Pineapple is not a game found in many online poker sites, but is mainly played in home games and in poker clubs around the world. Crazy Pineapple is known to create a lot of action when it's played due to players having one more card pre-flop to make a good hand on the flop.
Crazy Pineapple is very easy to learn, just like Texas Hold'em and all players that have played poker before will be able to learn the game in 30 seconds, where it might take a few minutes for new players to understand exactly how it works. Because of the third card being dealt, it makes it more difficult to put a player on hand pre-flop, but on the flop when one card is discarded it's a little easier putting your opponent on hand. Due to the increased action, Crazy Pineapple has become a increasingly popular game to play for players that usually play Texas Hold'em only, as Texas Hold'em has become a tight game where many players fold pre-flop and kills the action.
Basic Game Play
When you want to play Crazy Pineapple for the first time, you will need to know the basic game play to be able to focus on your cards and not how to act.
Being a blind game, the first thing that has to be assigned to each hand is the dealer button. The dealer will deal the cards to the players, starting with the player on his left and continuing clockwise around the table until everyone has received three cards each.
The first two players on the dealers left side will then have to post the blinds, which are forced bets to ensure there will be action in every single hand. When the blinds have been posted, the game starts with the player on the left of the big blind acting first. When he has made his decision, the action goes around the table clockwise all players have made their decision.
The dealer will then deal the flop, which consists of three community cards that players can use to improve their hand. Once dealt, a new betting round begins and when all the players has chosen their action and discarded one of their three cards, we move on to the next round. In the next round the dealer will deal one more community card known as the turn. The turn card is followed by another betting round and after that the hand goes to the final round. In the final round, the dealer will deal yet another community card making it a total of five. After the river has been dealt, the last betting takes place and then the players will see who has the best hand.
Crazy Pineapple can be played with 2-10 players playing at the same time at a table and can be played in all the different limits such as No Limit, Pot Limit and Fixed Limit.
The Button and Posting Blinds
When you play Crazy Pineapple, all hands have to have a dealer assigned, not only to deal the cards but also to determine who has to pay blinds and who has to act first and last. When you start up a new table of Crazy Pineapple and have to find the dealer in the first hand, the software deals all players a card face up and the highest card wins the button in the first round. The button will then rotate around the table clockwise so that all players will have to pay the blinds as well as have the positional advantages it brings. All of this is done automatically by the poker software, so you don't have to focus on that, but instead focus on playing poker.
The players that have to post the first bets known as blinds is determined by the buttons position. The player on the direct left of the dealer has to post the small blind and the second player to the left of the dealer will be posting the big blind. The blinds were integrated in poker to make sure that all hands would create some sort of action, because there is always money in the pot to play about.
Pre-Flop (First Betting Round)
The first betting round is known as pre-flop. Pre-flop is where players get dealt their three hole cards face down so the other players cannot see them. Once all players have received their cards and the blinds have been posted, the betting round begins. The first player to act is the player on the left of the big blind, also known as the player Under The Gun (UTG). When he has made his decision, the action moves clockwise around the table until all players have made their decision. The players can choose the following actions:
Raise: When a player has been dealt a premium hand he can choose to raise the hand, creating a big pot from the start
Call: If a player has a good hand that they can improve by seeing a flop, they can choose to call the big blind amount or if there has been a raise prior, they can call the raise amount
Fold: If the hand is garbage and cannot be played, there is only one way to go and that is to fold the hand on stop participating in the hand
When all players have made their decision, the hand moves on to the next betting round.
The Flop (Second Betting Round)
The second betting round is known as the flop. On the flop the dealer will deal three community cards on the board that players can use to improve their hands and all players have to discard one of their three cards as well. The player has to discard the cards when they have taken their turn to act.
Unlike pre-flop the player who is now first to act and will be the following rounds is the player that was the small blind pre-flop. The action then continues clockwise around the table until all players have made their decision. The players can choose to check, bet, raise, call or fold depending on the prior action on the flop. Checking is only a possibility if no one has made a bet prior to the players turn. When all players have made their decision and discarded one of their three cards, the hand moves on to the next betting round.
The Turn (Third Betting Round)
The Turn is the third betting round, where the dealer deals one more community card on the board, having a total of four cards now. The players now have to choose their action once again, with the player to the left of the dealer acting first. Players can choose to check, bet, raise, call or fold depending on the prior action and when all players have made their decision the hand moves on to the final betting round.
The River (Fourth and Final Betting Round)
The final betting round is known as the river and is where the dealer deals the fifth and last community card. The river card is the last opportunity for the players to improve their hands and when it has been dealt the last betting round starts. Just like in the prior rounds, the player to the left of the dealer will be the first to act and the action continues clockwise until all players have made their decision. When the betting round is over, the hand goes to showdown.
After the last betting round is over, the remaining players in the hand will have to show their cards to the dealer for him to determine who has the best hand of them all. The dealer shows the players two hole cards and the best possible combination for each player and the one with the best five card combination will win the entire pot. A new hand will begin right after.