There’s plenty of daft variants on the game of poker, but should you come across it, what the hell is Crazy Pineapple and do you want to touch it with a 10ft rake?
First off it’s impossible to describe Crazy Pineapple Poker without first saying what Pineapple is. Webster’s dictionary gives the definition of Pineapple as 1) A tropical American plant (Ananas comosus) having large sword like leaves and a large, fleshy, edible, multiple fruit with a terminal tuft of leaves. Urban Dictionary goes little further and describes it thus: 1) a pineapple is someone who is a brunette on the outside but a stereotypical blonde dumbass on the inside 2) Where Spongebob Squarepants lives (under the sea) 3) NOT an acceptable pizza topping.
However none of those help us.
There are plenty of pineapple games out there; you may come across Pineapple, Crazy Pineapple, Rotten Pineapple, Lazy Pineapple and Super 3 (also known as Super Hold ‘em, a Hold ‘em-Pineapple hybrid). These games can be played as high only games, but it is more often spread as high-low games (apart from Pineapple which is most commonly played as a high only game).
Pineapple is a flop games. (In case you don’t know, a Flop game is a community card, also called “shared cards” or “window cards” poker game). At the start of a hand of Pineapple, each player is dealt three cards face down. These are your hole cards. After this deal, there is a round of betting (check / raise /fold as per usual). Before the flop each player must ditch (discard) one of their (hole) cards, leaving two. It is usual for the dealer to offer a polite reminder by requesting their discard before dealing, but DON’T FORGET that it is your responsibility to discard your cards. Depending on the stakes and the “friendliness” in the room, if a player forgets to discard, and the turn is dealt, their hand will be considered dead. Some friends of mine love to strictly enforce this rule like Spanish Inquisition Stromtroopers, and these games are often referred to as “Bastard” Pineapple. The rest of the hand is played like Hold’em. So players can play none, one or two of their hole cards.
Crazy Pineapple (sometimes known as Pineapple hold ’em) is a halfway house between, Texas hold ’em and Omaha hold ’em. In Crazy Pineapple each player is dealt three hole cards at the start of the hand (so far so Pineapple). The difference is that now instead of discarding before the flop, you discard (one card) before the turn. The same discard rules apply, (with the same amigo caveats). Another difference with Crazy Pineapple is that it is commonly spread as a high-low game, while Pineapple tends to be spread as a High only game. Crazy Pineapple, players may play any number of hole cards (0,1 or 2) and can pick and mix different combinations for the high hand of the pot or the low side of the pot.
The average winning hand in Crazy Pineapple is usually higher than in Texas Hold ‘Em, that’ll be the extra hole card. There is also something known as a “Cleveland Pineapple” but that has nothing to do with poker, and good taste prohibits me from mentioning it here.