Rules of pineapple poker:
Pineapple follows the same rules as Texas Hold’em, but the setup is a little different. First, the pre-flop: Instead of two cards, each person takes three. Second, before the first betting round, everyone analyses their hands and discards one of them.
Each player receives three cards at the start of the hand, just like in a normal game of Pineapple poker. However, in Crazy Pineapple, you hold your first card for both the pre-flop and flop betting rounds. You only have to discard one card before the turn is dealt. The rest of the rules and wagering requirements are the same as in Pineapple.
Lazy Pineapple, also known as Tahoe Pineapple, gets its name from the fact that you don’t have to discard a card before the operation is completed. You hold all three cards in the betting rounds, unlike the other versions. You must discard one only after the river is dealt and the last betting round is completed. Alternatively, you might simply put that one down and reveal the other two.
There are a few other variations of this game that deserve to be included, but they aren’t considered to be part of the Pineapple family. Not only do you get to keep your three cards in Three-Card Hold’em, but you can also use all three of them to make your five-card hand. As in Texas Hold’em, you can only use one or two in Pineapple. Irish Poker is a poker variant that straddles the lines of Texas Hold’em and Omaha. You are dealt four cards, but you must discard two of them after the flop betting round.
Pineapple poker is a distant relative to Texas Hold’em, but it isn’t the same. The third card in Hold’em differs in that it provides you with additional detail. It displays a card that cannot be in either of your opponents’ hands or appear on the board. This isn’t always relevant, but it can be in certain cases. For instance, getting three cards of the same suit reduces your chances of hitting a flush on the board. Since one card is now missing from the deck, the flush is no longer possible.
You’ll need to incorporate some Omaha poker strategy into your thinking. Look for pairs of hands that are related in some way, whether by value or suit. High pairs are always a decent starting hand, but lower pairs are more difficult to play because you can almost always only win if you reach a set.
Open Face Chinese Pineapple, also known as OFC Pineapple Poker, is a casual version that many poker pros enjoy playing in their spare time. Pineapple OFC is a sped-up variant of OFC with a maximum of three players rather than four. In both games, each player is dealt five cards, which they must place in their Top, Middle, or Bottom Hands. In traditional OFC, each player is dealt one more card in turn, which they must add to one of their hands until all 13 cards have been dealt. In Pineapple OFC, instead of only one card, each player receives three in each subsequent contract. They then pick two cards to keep and delete the ones they don’t like. Unlike regular OFC, which has nine rounds of play (the first five cards are dealt all at once, followed by eight more individual cards), Pineapple OFC only has five rounds.