As you have seen, the extra hole card in Crazy Pineapple Poker creates an added twist of complexity to the basic Hold’em strategy. Let’s take a look at some tips to help your game when playing Crazy Pineapple Poker.
- Very Important Tip: Any hand that you discard and Ace from increases the value of your hand.
Example: You may have a pair of Kings and an Ace. In a jammed pot, there is a good chance you have the top pair with the Kings. If you discard the Ace, you narrow down the playing field because even if you are up against the Aces, you have a better chance of hitting your set than the Aces because you just discarded one.
- Ace’s are not as big a hand in Crazy Pineapple Poker as in Texas Hold’em
This is one of the most critical points in Pineapple. If we get an Ace in the hole in Texas Hold’em, we are ready to raise and take the pot. Be careful with Aces in Pineapple. Do not put as much value in the Aces as you would in Texas Hold’em. In Pineapple, Aces are just another pair and if you don’t give them some help, you will not win with them that much. While you have a good chance a making the set, more often than not, some one else will have a chance at a flush.
- In Pineapple, every player will have some sort of flush draw almost every time and in every suit. In Texas Hold’em Poker flushes are very rare, but in Pineapple, in a pot where 4 or more people take the flop and a flush draw hits, there is a great chance that some one will be drawing to it.
- A King-Queen off suit is a good hand in regular Hold’em, but Pineapple players know that this hand will rarely take the pot.
There are many more jammed pots before the flop in Pineapple Poker. This makes sense obviously because with three hole cards, you are seeing many more playing options. The key to winning consistenly over time in Pineapple is to win a fair share of these jammed pots.