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In what regards of strategy do you mean? We play pineapple reguarly in our family games (generally 6-8 seated) we usually always discard preflop, after the first betting round. Tend to play it as a normal hold em hand, just have to adjust your odds to include the additional card dealt per person. I sometimes find it less effective to raise preflop unless with AA KK QQ, but this is also in part due to the group (alot of times you can raise 3bb and still get 4 callers lol) I also tend to throw a few more bluff bets in than normal, someone not understanding the odds doesnt realize the likelyhood (or unlikelyhood) of your draw. When we played this past weekend we saw alot more flushes than I reguarly see, since I think almost everyone was playing anything suited.
 

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Called? Not Crazy?
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Thanks. I can see that in all variants betting on any specific round comes first and discarding (in whichever betting round that is to happen) comes after that.
I was making the point of "why not" discarding first and betting after.
 

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Oh I'm not sure lol just the way it's always been on the cards :D I'm sure you could do it that way, I doubt it makes much difference other than those people who are first to act dont get as good a read on someone's hand as the latter to act - but I think that's pretty standard as it is
ie - if you still have all 3 cards and someone's raising it may alter your decision for what final 2 cards you hold
 

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Thanks. I can see that in all variants betting on any specific round comes first and discarding (in whichever betting round that is to happen) comes after that.
I was making the point of "why not" discarding first and betting after.
When I played in a casino, you would discard on your action for that round. So you check or bet and then discard at the same time before the next player acts.

Not sure if there are rules somewhere suggesting that or if that’s just what that state’s gaming commission wanted the casino to do.
 

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Also to throw in some strategy, having all 3 cards having potential to work together is huge. QJ6 with no suits doesn’t do much besides just QJ play together. QJT with a suit has more connectedness. You’ll have more equity more often than your opponents who play every other hand thinking they discard the junk card anyways.
 

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Man, I was looking to pick up one dice to try and mix-up the home game rotation. I'll need 4 dice just to cover all those pineapple variations :ROFL: :ROFLMAO:
Last I checked, the PCF reference for card games has 170 - 180 no limit and limit games!
 

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Last I checked, the PCF reference for card games has 170 - 180 no limit and limit games!
Yes, I downloaded the zip from the resource area. Definitely going to take me some time to pick out some fun ones to slowly introduce into the group. Though I don't hold high hopes and one of the guys still brings a little card along to each game with the Hand Rankings on :rolleyes:
 

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Yes, I downloaded the zip from the resource area. Definitely going to take me some time to pick out some fun ones to slowly introduce into the group. Though I don't hold high hopes and one of the guys still brings a little card along to each game with the Hand Rankings on :rolleyes:
Just give it some time and do lots of practice rounds! They might learn that the variety is fun!
 

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I'll stick to what I understand to be the top two variants.

Pineapple (discard preflop): Your strategy should be roughly whatever Hold'em strategy works with your crowd, but ratcheted a little tighter to account for the greater frequency of top-tier starting hands. When people raise, tend to "believe" them a little more than usual. In general, expect to see premium big pairs more often, and consequently, don't raise as many hands that you'll often be forced to fold to a three-bet.

Crazy Pineapple (discard on the flop): As @honkydevil mentions above, choose hole cards that coordinate. Avoid two-card hands with a useless "dangler" unless the two cards are quite strong on their own. Three-card strength will allow you to hit a lot more flops in useful ways.

However, in this game, expect to see a lot more ragged two pair and straight hands get there specifically on the flop, hands you might automatically discount in Hold'em or regular Pineapple. In general, the texture of the flop, not players' raw hole-card strength, is going to dictate what kinds of hole cards you see sticking around, and it's a little disorienting compared to Hold'em.

Also, in all forms of Pineapple, especially those with greater numbers of cards, don't forget what you discarded. Even knowing about just one or two cards your opponents don't know about is an advantage in your decision-making. It can be more valuable in flop games than you might think, due to how you use the board to determine maximum hand strength.
 

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Low pairs are not really valuable, sets, straights, and flushes are out often in this game. The best starting hands are mid to big pairs with a suited ace or a suited connector, or 3 big connectors (Ideally two cards in same suit). So kind of like 7-stud starting hands except 3 of a kind down is obviously bad.

One pair flops don't have a lot of value. With 3 hole cards to the flop, you have to hit boards much harder to continue.
 
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