Pineapple Poker rules are largely a combination of those followed in Texas Hold’em and Omaha. There are two key differences. Firstly, in Pineapple Poker, players get three hole cards, instead of the two in Texas Hold’em or the four in Omaha. Secondly, they have to discard one of the cards before the hand ends. Typically, the game is played in a limit format; however, some of the top online poker rooms offer it at all table limits.
Pineapple Poker Posting the blinds
To begin a game of Pineapple Poker, you require at least two players. Each table can have a maximum of ten players. One player takes the place of the dealer at the beginning of a hand. This is signified by a button (or a symbol of one, if it is an online game).
The two players at the left of the dealer have to post the blinds.
The player seated on the immediate left of the dealer takes the place of the small blind, and the one to his left is the big blind. The small blind posts a bet which is half the minimum table limit. For instance, if the table limits are $4/$20, the small blind has to bet $2, which is half of $4. The big blind bets the minimum table limit.
Pineapple Poker Starting hand
Each player gets three hole cards (pocket cards) face-down at the beginning of the hand. Following this, they enter a round of betting pre-flop. The players get the chance to discard one hole card. The decision about which can be mucked is made before the game enters the flop. Based on the two cards remaining in their hand, the players (other than the small and big blinds) can choose to fold, raise, call or bet.
A player forfeits the hand if he folds; he adds money to the pot if he bets; he wagers the same amount of money as the player before him if he calls; and he adds to the bet the player before him wagered if he raises. Betting action commences with the first player to the left of the big blind. This position is also known as ‘under the gun’.
The Flop at Pineapple Poker
After all the players make their decision, the game reaches the flop, where three cards are placed face-up at the center of the board. The cards are called community cards, as, unlike the hole cards which used only by the player to whom they are dealt, the community cards are used by all the players still in the game. The players who have not folded their hands are said to be in the pot. Players get to evaluate the strength of the hand they have, based on the hole and community cards. After assessing, they take the decision to either stay in the hand or fold. The first to act is the player to the dealer’s left.
The Turn and River in Poker Pineapple
The game moves on to the turn, where one card is dealt face-up as a community card. Just like they did on the flop, the players have to evaluate their hand on the turn and bet or fold. Another card is dealt the same way as on the turn. This stage is called the river. This is followed by a round of betting.
The Showdown at Pineapple
The next orbit, called the showdown, takes place only if at least two players are in the game. The player who acted last in the previous round shows his cards. If there was no action at the table, the player to the left of the dealer reveals his hand. The player who makes the best 5 card hand wins the pot. In cases where two or more players make the same hand, the pot is divided equally among them.