Crazy Pineapple Poker Rules!

Name: Crazy Pineapple Poker

Number of players: A maximum of 10 players can play, but as it’s a gambling game, between 4 and 6 is a good number to keep the game moving.

Recommended ages: If you are just playing for pennies, then children as young as 10 can probably handle the gambling and probabilities. If you are playing for hard cash, then you will need to follow your state’s law about gambling.

Average playing time: A typical hand will last around 10 minutes, and a full game can take several hours.


A fairly simple game to play, fans of Texas Hold ‘Em will feel right at home with Crazy Pineapple Poker. Each player will need to “buy in” to the game with an equal amount of money as agreed among the players. Some families play with pennies and all winnings go back in the jar at the end of the game. This can lead to silly betting, so ask players to bring real money to make the game seem more real.

How to Play

As a form of poker Crazy Pineapple has a few twists and turns but still follows the same set of scoring rules. If your players are unfamiliar with the ranking system of the best hands, you may want to print off crib sheets so that they know if a full house beats a straight or not. Playing with players who unexpectedly win or lose a hand because they did not realize what they had is one of the most frustrating aspects of any poker game.

Like Texas Hold ‘Em, Crazy Pineapple Poker starts with one player being the dealer and the two players on their left posting blind bets to the pot. At this point the first difference is made, as all players are given three cards instead of two. Five more cards are laid face down in the middle of the table for use later. The rest of the players then choose to ante up, that is match the bigger blind bet, or fold and leave the game for that round.

Once everyone has done this, the dealer turns over the first three community cards, also known as the flop, so that everyone can see the cards. This is another big difference, as each player discards one of his or her three hand cards before the betting starts. This can be a tough decision, and is why the word crazy applies to the game.

After that, the game continues like a regular game of poker, with players raising and challenging each other to fold. The hand ends when either one person is left, or all five community cards are turned over and all remaining players have matched each other’s bets. The hand cards are then shown and the player with the best hand wins the whole pot.

Winning the Game

Winning a game of Crazy Pineapple Poker in simple terms means getting all of the money from your opponents. In real terms, however, it means being able to outwit your opponents, choosing the best card to discard and folding when you have no chance of winning against a stronger hand.


Like any form of poker, bluffing will be your best friend. If you can make other players believe that you have a straight flush when you hold an ace high hand, you will make a lot of money. Players will watch your face as much as the amounts that you bet, so be sure to monitor your facial expressions.

Final Thoughts

Crazy Pineapple Poker is a good extension of Texas Hold ‘Em and works best when all of the players already understand the mechanics of it. Allow for time after each hand for players to discuss what might have been if they had discarded different cards.

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