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Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo

Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo is a variation of Texas Hold'em. The biggest differences are that when playing Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo, you get three pocket cards (hole cards) instead of two, and you have to drop one pocket card after the flop. Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo uses the same betting structure as Texas Hold'em. During the first two betting rounds, the limit is the small bet. So if it's a 1/2 game, during the first two rounds you can only call or raise by 1. During the last two rounds, you can call or raise by 2. In his game, the pot is split between the highest and lowest hand, hence the name Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo.


Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo is played by the "8 or better" rule, which means that a hand has to be at least an 8 to be able to win the pot for the lowest hand. Just like in Crazy Pineapple Hi, in Hi-Lo you need to make the best hand by using exactly two of your own cards, and three of the shared cards. Because you need to make two hands, the high and the low hand, you can use two different cards for the high and the low. In Crazy Pineapple Hi-Lo you must always play for the "scoop", which means that you look for a starting hand that has the chance of becoming the best high hand as well as the best low hand.


The players with the best high and low hand (five cards) each win half the pot. When the hands are equal, the pot is divided among the players with the best hands. When no hand meets the requirement for the lowest hand, the pot goes to the player(s) with the best high hand. The best low hand is the player with the lowest high card. A player with      has a better low hand than someone with . The first has a 7 as highest card, and the second has an 8 as high card. When two or more players have the same high card, the player with the second "low high card" wins.

 

Round 1: the Blinds

Suppose that the bets would be $1/$2, the player on the left side of the dealer (the small blind) places half the minimum bet ($0,50) and the player next to him (the big blind) places the whole minimum bet ($1).


Round 2: three closed cards dealt

All players then get 3 closed cards.


For instance: (for instance that only you can see)
 

1st preflop betting round
The first betting round starts at the player on the left of the big blind. This player needs to place the minimum bet of $1. He can also decide to raise, or fold. All other players can call, fold or even re-raise.

 

Round 3: the Flop
 

When the first betting round has ended, the dealer places three more cards on the middle of the table. This is called the flop. The players in the game now have three closed cards and threeopen cards. However, each player has to throw away one of his holecards. In this example it is wise to throw away because you could either make a flush or a straight. After this the game is exactly played like Texas Hold'em.

The flop is for instance:   .
 

2nd betting round
The second round starts at the player left of the dealer. You now have a chance to make a heart flush if the turn is also hearts. Or you could make a straight if the turn is a jack or a six. You now can bet, call, raise, re-raise, check or fold.
 


Round 4: the Turn

The dealer places a fourth card next to the flop. This is called the turn card. The whole process starts all over again. Bet, call, raise, re-raise, check or fold.

The turn is for instance:         
 

3rd betting round
The third round starts at the player left of the dealer. The whole process starts all over again. Bet, call, raise, re-raise, check or fold.
 

Round 5: the River


Another open card is added to the cards already open on the table. In total, there are now five cards open on the middle of the table. This fifth card is called the river card. And again, the whole process starts again: Bet, call, raise, re-raise, check or fold.
 

The river is for instance:         .


4th and last betting round
The fourth round starts at the player left of the dealer.The whole process starts all over again. Bet, call, raise, re-raise, check or fold.


Showdown

The players still in the game show the cards they were given at the beginning of the game. The player with the best hand, wins the pot.