Best Starting Hands
When talking about which are the best starting hands in Crazy Pineapple poker, the question isn’t as easy to answer as it is in the case Texas Hold ‘em, another popular variant of poker. In Texas Hold ‘em, Q Q, K K and A A can be considered the strongest two hole cards at the beginning of the game. Furthermore, Texas Hold ‘em consists of no more than 169 possible starting hands out of possible 1326 hole cards’ combinations [(52 x 51) / 2 = 1326]. The possibility of starting hands is even simpler as it doesn’t matter whether it is an Ace and King (Anna Kournikova) of spades, hearts, diamonds or clubs you get. All combinations are equal. Hence, you can get 13 different pairs in the Texas Hold ‘em, 78 off suit hole cards and 78 suited hole cards. They can come in various frequencies, with the following ratio – 6 : 4 : 12 of pairs : suited cards : off-suited cards. Hence, there’s a high likelihood of getting two aces than it is to get a certain combination, for instance Ace and King of the same suit. That’s pretty interesting info! Right?! Now let’s see, how your starting hands can be in case of Crazy Pineapple poker!
Best Crazy Pineapple poker starting hands
You can get almost 1755 different starting hands in Crazy Pineapple poker (almost 10 times of Texas Hold ‘em). Hence, it is by no means an easy task to create a chart of top 20% of starting hands as any such list may easily have more than 350 different hands!
Nevertheless, experts like Phat Mack who’ve successfully run around 100,000 simulations for identifying the best possible starting hands in this game, have created a certain list which can be extremely helpful for the Crazy Pineapple poker beginners! Although the results featured in the list are mainly of Lazy Pineapple poker (where no cards are mucked), they can be accurately considered even in the Crazy Pineapple version of the game.
As per this list, the strongest starting hand you can get in Crazy Pineapple poker is two aces and another high card of the same suit as either of the two aces. Although some poker players may wonder why is it that an A A 5 or an A A 10 may be treated as extremely strong starting hands having only around 75% winning probability, its explanation is fairly simple: one of the best ways of beating two aces in such hands is by having a straight, which is most likely expected to consist of a 5 or a 10. Now, if you’re in possession of two aces along with a 5 or a 10, you’re reducing your opponents’ chances of making easy straights. Hence, the probability of winning with these hands is comparatively higher than something like an A A and King.
Best Crazy Pineapple poker starting hands – Simplified
Let’s present to you a simplified grouped list of best starting hands in Crazy Pineapple poker:
– A A with a suited high card
– A A with an off suited high card
– K K with a suited high card
– K K with an off suited high card
– Q Q with a suited high card
– Q Q with an off suited high card
– J J with a suited high card
– J J with an off suited high card
– 10 10 with a suited or a higher card
– 9 9 with a suited or a higher card
– 8 8 with a suited or a higher card
– An A with two high cards that are considerably high, with either of them being of the same as the A.
As Crazy Pineapple poker isn’t as popular a poker variant as Texas Hold ‘em, its game level isn’t very high. You can make handsome profits from the game by strategically using certain good starting hands and simple strategies.