is about as far from a poker name as you'll ever read but it is
a real game played in some card rooms and casino's all over the
world. Pineapple is played exactly like Hold'em except you receive
three cards face down instead of 2. There are 3 different variations
of Pineapple. Discarding 1 card before the flop is standard Pineapple,
discarding after the flop is called "Crazy Pineapple",
and keep all the cards the whole way is called "Lazy Pineapple".
The average hand in this game is obviously slightly higher than
regular Texas Hold'em since you started with 3 cards.
Below is a typical before and after result from
a Crazy Pineapple High player's hand.
This player was in with a suited Ace King of
spades and a four. Then on the flop she obviously threw away the
four since the king is much higher and plus there was a spade on
the flop so there was a small possibility of getting two more spades
in a row for a flush. So the four of hearts was out of the question
for sure and keeping the suited king was correct. The turn card
brought no spade, or ace, or king so her hand just slightly change
from (AAKQ5) to (AAKQ8). Then after the river her remained exactly
the same: One Pair of aces (AAKQ8). Sometimes the card you threw
away could have improved your hand but you have no way of knowing
the turn or river card so you just have to make the best logically
decision you can on the flop. This precisely why
the example I used had that FOUR on the river so you can see that
the player could have had two pair, aces and fours with the queen
on the flop but it doesn't make any sense to throw down a king over
a four in hopes to get a four. Now if the four had been in place
of the five on the flop then the player would have thrown down the
king immediately and correctly. There are no big tournaments or
real high stakes versions of this game, it's mainly just for fun
and far less serious than Texas Hold'em.