There are dozens of poker variants, but grinders usually focus on those that have the potential of generating profits, such as Texas hold‘em and Omaha.
Those who seek a steep departure from the popular games and want to experiment with something new and fresh, should check out Pineapple.
You won’t find this game over the Internet at least not at real money tables, but knowing the rules can provide you with some quality fun.
Overview of Pineapple poker
This game is yet another community card poker, with many similarities to Texas hold‘em, therefore revolves around the same principles.
A maximum of 10 players can participate in this game and each of them will receive three cards up front, before the board is revealed. They are supposed to keep two of them and give up the third, with this decision being final and influencing the strategy of the game.
What makes this game special is that in Pineapple you need to discard one card before actually seeing the flop, so you take a leap of faith. Unlike Irish poker for example, players enjoy unlimited freedom in choosing how many cards from the hand they will be using to make a winning hand.
It is possible to use one, both or none of the hole cards, so Pineapple poker allows a great deal of freedom.
Principle and rules of Pineapple poker
When playing this version of poker, one player acts as a dealer, while two more assume the roles of small and big blinds and action runs clockwise. After players discard one of the three hole cards, the flop is dealt and just like in Texas hold‘em, three are revealed facing up.
Once again players can bet, call, check, raise or fold and once this stage concludes, the turn is revealed and then the river.
At this stage, the final decisions are being made and the remaining players will proceed with the slaughter or showdown.
This is the standard type of Pineapple poker and the one that has most fans, but the Crazy Pineapple variant is played by virtually the same rules. The difference consists in the fact that players discard the third card only after the flop has been revealed.
This allows them to build more complex strategies as they have more information to use and it generally results in stronger hands being made.