Last week we reported on a few new poker games, and received several requests about a game called Pineapple Hold’em.
Though it sounds like a Hawaiian import, it traces its roots to Texas Hold’em.
Here’s how it’s played: The dealer starts by dealing three cards to each player. Then there is a betting round.
The dealer will ask for cards, and each player must discard one card and keep two cards.
The dealer then deals three community cards — a three card flop — just like in Texas Hold’em.
After the flop, there is another betting round.
The dealer then deals a fourth community card, which is followed by another betting round.
The dealer deals a fifth and final community card;
After all bets are made, there is a showdown.
The five community cards shall be combined with none, one, or two cards from each player to determine the player’s best five card hand, just like in standard Hold’em.
In Pineapple hold ”˜em high, the best high hand wins the pot.
In Pineapple hold ”˜em high-low split, the best high hand and the best low hand split the pot.
If there is no qualifying low hand, a player who wins high receives the entire pot.
Aces may be used for either high or low. At the discretion of the casino, a qualifier may be used to restrict the low hands.