Crazy Pineapple is essentially Texas Holdem with a twist. If you are unfamiliar with the game Texas Holdem, you may wish to familiarize yourself with the rules by reading our Texas Holdem article.
In Crazy Pineapple, each player is dealt three Hole cards face down. After the 2nd betting round, the one that comes after the Flop and before the Turn, each player discards one of their three Hole cards. The rest of the game is identical to Texas Holdem.
1. The Hole - players are each dealt three cards face down.
2. 1st round of betting
3. The Flop - the dealer places three shared Community cards on the board face up.
4. 2nd round of betting
5. Players each discard one of their three Hole cards
6. The Turn - a single Community card is added to the board.
7. 3rd round of betting.
8. The River - the fifth and final Community card is placed on the board.
9. 4th and final round of betting
10. The Showdown - players each make the best possible five-card hand from any combination of their two Hole cards and the five Community cards on the board. Winner takes all (unless there's a tie).
If there is a tie, the pot is split evenly between the tied players. However, there may be an odd chip leftover after the split. In these cases, the odd chip goes to the player with the highest card in their hand, taking suit into account if necessary. Suit values, from highest to lowest, are as follows: Spades - Hearts - Diamonds - Clubs.
Often Crazy Pineapple will be played with a High-Low split. In these instances, the pot is split between the player(s) with the highest hand and the player(s) with the lowest hand. To qualify as a low hand, no card must have a value higher than 8, and all cards in the hand must be unpaired. Aces can be high and low. Straights and flushes do not affect the value of a low hand. Thus, the best low hand is A,2,3,4,5. Players can use some or all of the same cards for their high and low hands. There is no requirement to declare whether you are vying for highest or lowest hand or both. Every player still in at the Showdown gets to compete for both.
If after the pot is split between the player with the highest hand and the player with the lowest hand an odd chip remains, it will go to the player with the high hand. Players with identical high hands or low hands evenly split their share of the pot. If however there is a leftover odd chip after the split, it goes to the high card (for high hands) and low card (for low hands), taking suits into account if necessary.
If the game does not say "Crazy Pineapple High-Low" or "Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo", it is relatively safe to assume that it is regular "Crazy Pineapple" (high only). But make sure you know which game you are playing before plopping down any chips.
Similar variations of Texas Holdem can be found on many websites and in many casinos:
In Pineapple Poker, players are dealt three Hole cards (as in Crazy Pineapple) but discard one of their three Hole cards immediately, before the 1st round of betting. The rest of the game is identical to Texas Holdem.
In Tahoe Poker, players are also dealt three Hole cards (as in Crazy Pineapple) but hold on to all three Hole cards all the way to the Showdown. At the Showdown, players may only use up to two (that's none, one, or two) of their Hole cards to make their five-card hand. They may NOT use all three of their Hole cards plus only two of the Community cards.
Again, make sure you know which version you are playing before you sit in. Strategies detailed in our article entitled Texas Holdem Strategy also apply quite well to Crazy Pineapple and the other games mentioned above.