How to play Pineapple Poker

pineapple shown whole and cut up white backgroundOne of the more Texas Hold’em like poker variants, Pineapple Poker is played with a standard deck of fifty-two cards in an identical manner to its more famous cousin. If you are familiar with the rules of Texas Hold’em Poker, then the good news is that you will have no trouble whatsoever with Pineapple Poker.

As we say, this game plays a bit like Hold’em but with one notable alteration. This becomes clear at pre-flop where players are dealt three cards as opposed to Hold’em’s two. After checking over their cards, players will select one card they wish to discard before the first betting round begins.

Another thing to note is that in Pineapple, aces make only a standard regular pair. Plus, if you discard an ace it increases the value of the hand. Also, in Lazy Pineapple Poker the extra card can be held on to through all of the betting rounds and only be discarded when the river is dealt.

Just like Texas Hold’em, Pineapple can be played fixed limit, pot limit or no limit and, again like Hold’em, you can use as many or as few of your hole cards as you wish. At the end of the hand, the winner is the player who manages to create the best five card poker hand.

In fact, the only real difference between the two games is that players are dealt three hole cards instead of two. Once you have lost the hole card you don’t want, the game proceeds the same way as regular Texas Hold‘em.

Pineapple Poker Gameplay

pineapple poker three hole cards discarding aceThe game opens when the player sitting next to the dealer button posts a small blind, before the next player in turn posts the big blind. Then, the dealer deals each player three cards each, all of which are face down. These are the hole cards mentioned above and can also be referred to as pocket cards.

The same player left of the dealer, known as under the gun (UTG), gets the betting underway but in this betting round the players know what they are holding, having discarded an unwanted card. Players check, raise or fold their way clockwise around the poker table until the game enters the flop phase.

The flop is where the dealer reveals the first three community cards face up in the middle of the table for all of the players to use. This precedes the second round of betting which works similarly to the first, but players are now beginning to form their hands.

The next community card reveal is known as the turn and again is followed by another round of betting before play reaches the river, where the final community card is dealt. One final betting round takes place before, assuming there are enough players still in the hand at this point, the game goes to showdown.

At showdown, all players still in the hand show their cards and the player with the strongest five card poker hand is the winner. If there are two players with equal hands, the pot is split right down the middle.

Pineapple Poker Hands

Hand Details
Royal Flush The strongest hand in poker, consists of Ten, Jack, Queen, King, and Ace, all of the same suit
Straight Flush Made up of 5 consecutive cards of the same suit
Four of a kind Four cards of the same rank
Full House A full house is a five card hand made up of three of a kind plus a pair
Flush Five cards of the same suit
Straight Five consecutive cards are called a straight
Three of a kind A three of a kind is composed of three cards of the same rank
Two pair Two pair hands are made up of two pairs
Pair A pair is made up of two cards of the same rank
High card At showdown, if there are two players that don’t have a pair or better, then the one who has the highest cards wins

Where To Play Pineapple Poker

poker chips in shape of a question markPineapple Poker is easy to find at most online poker rooms. It is always important that you deposit and play at an online poker site that has been fully vetted by the appropriate authorities to ensure your online safety.

But, other than that, you should not have any trouble finding some fast Pineapple Poker action right away.

Of course pineapple poker doesn’t need to be played online and many people enjoy playing this variant with friends as it tends to be a bit less serious compared with Hold’em.


Pineapple Poker Is Like Texas Hold’em Right?

Yes, almost identical in fact.

What Is The Difference Between Pineapple Poker And Texas Hold’em Then?

The difference is that you are dealt an extra hole card but you still only play the game with two of these so even this difference is pretty minimal.

Anything Else?

Aces make just another pair in Pineapple Poker but can win the day in Texas Hold’em

Presumably There Are Some Tips To Winning At Pineapple Poker Then?

Only that it is better to play tight and don’t make rash decisions but that is always the right move the more cards are dealt your way and, in Pineapple Poker, we are dealt more cards.

Can I Play Pineapple Poker For Real Money Online?

Yes, Pineapple Poker is becoming increasingly popular online to play for real money.