PLAYING TIPS for PINEAPPLE POKER
HOW TO PLAY PINEAPPLE POKER
Pineapple Poker is played like Texas Hold'Em with one twist: Deal 3 cards down to each player instead of 2. Before any other action each player must discard 1 card leaving them with two cards. Other than initially receiving 3 cards Pineapple is played with all the same rules and procedures as Hold 'Em. And, as in Hold 'Em players make their hand using any combination of their 2 hole cards and the 5 board cards.
May be played high, high-low split or high-low eight or better.
SUMMARY of ACTION
Deal 3 hole cards to each player.
Each player selects 1 card from their hand and discards (mucks) it.
Each player now has 2 cards.
Deal 3 cards for flop.
Deal 1 card for turn.
Deal 1 card for river.
High only: Showdown
High-low split: Declare
As one might expect, Pineapple Poker strategy is very similar to Texas Hold’em strategy, since in both games you will end up with 2 hole cards. There is an enormous number of books, articles and other information to guide you in playing Texas Hold' Em. That information will be very helpful in playing just about any of the many versions of Pineapple Poker. It is well worth your time to learn from those sources. But these playing tips are not going to get into any of that knowledge. We will focus only on the one difference of Pineapple compared to Hold Em: That players start with 3 hole cards instead of two and the impact that has.