What is Caribbean and Crazy Pineapple Poker?
Caribbean poker is a unique variation from all the other forms of poker in that players do not bet against each other. It is an American casino game in which each individual plays against the bank. In some ways, it is similar to a Blackjack style game except using poker rules. To begin the game, both the players and the bank make their antes. Following this, five cards are dealt to the players and the bank, respectively. The difference is that the bank receives one of the five cards face-up while all the rest of the cards dealt to the bank and player are face-down.
From here, the player must decide to either fold (and therefore lose their ante) or make a bet. The dealer then reveals their four remaining cards. If the dealers hand is not Ace-King or better, the player is paid even money on the ante and nothing (i.e., a push) on the bet. If the dealers hand is Ace-King or better, it is said to qualify (for play against the player). In the case where the dealers hand is better than the players, the players ante and bet are collected by the house. If the dealers qualifying hand is worse than the players hand, the player is paid even money on the ante and an amount on the bet according to the players hand as follows:
- AK or pair1:1
- Two pair2:1
- Three of a kind3:1
- Full house7:1
- Four of a kind20:1
- Straight flush50:1
- Royal flush100:1
Crazy Pineapple Rules for Poker
Crazy Pineapple is a rather interesting variation to the standard Texas Hold Em style of poker. To begin, each player in the game is dealt three cards that are face-down. These are called pocket or hole cards. After the first round of betting that follows beginning with the player to the left of the dealer, the dealer will turn over three community cards (called the flop) face-up in the middle of the table. Following this, the second round of betting begins and all players must discard one of their pocket cards.
The dealer then proceeds to turn over one more community card (called the turn). The third betting round then commences and involves the dealer turning over the final community card (called the river). After the final round of betting, the showdown takes place between all players still in the game. Players can use any combination of the community cards and their own pocket cards to form the best five card hand. The player with the highest hand wins.
In Crazy Pineapple Hi/Low, the rules are changed so that instead of the high hand winning, the low hand wins instead.