One of the least-known poker variants played online is a game called Crazy Pineapple Poker. Few people even know it exists, and fewer still know where to play it. In fact, among the dozens of poker sites we’ve reviewed, only one currently offers the game.
On this page, we’ll give you an overview of Crazy Pineapple Poker. We’ll briefly explain the rules, describe a hi-low variant, and introduce you to basic strategy. We’ll also direct you to other pages where you can find more information regarding each of these areas. And of course, we’ll profile the one poker site at which you can play Crazy Pineapple online.
How To Play Crazy Pineapple Poker
Crazy Pineapple is a variant of Pineapple Poker, which is essentially a cross between Texas Holdem and Omaha Poker. In Pineapple, each player receives three hole cards, one of which is discarded before the flop. In Crazy Pineapple Poker, one hole card is discarded after the flop.
All players go through the first round of betting. This occurs before the flop is dealt. A second betting round follows the flop, after which each player discards their chosen hole card.
From this point forward, the game progresses just like holdem.
Crazy Pineapple Poker Hi-Low
Sometimes called Crazy Pineapple 8 Or Better (alternatively, 8/B), this variant splits the pot between the highest-ranked poker hand and the lowest-ranked hand. The “8/B” refers to the latter. It means the lowest-ranked hand must not contain any card valued at nine or higher. Otherwise, the player is ineligible for sharing the pot.
There are several other important details you’ll need in order to play Crazy Pineapple Hi-Low. You can find them on this page.
Crazy Pineapple Basic Strategy
First, realize that because players discard one of their three hole cards after the flop, there are a lot of big hands made in this game. Don’t get too excited if your hand is particularly good. Chances are, the other players’ hands are strong, as well.
Also, ignore straights and flushes. They don’t count in Crazy Pineapple Poker, so there’s no point in chasing them. In fact, doing so will hurt your hand as well as your chances of swiping the pot.
Lastly, try to take advantage of large pots. One of the aftereffects of big hands following the flop is that more players tend to stick around to see how hands play out. You can find out more about the “Jammed Pot” strategy (along with other strategies) for Crazy Pineapple Poker here.