Best Starting Hands Crazy Pineapple Poker

What are the best starting hands in poker Crazy Pineapple Poker? This question is not as easy to answer as in Texas Hold’em, where AA, KK and QQ are the strongest hole cards.
In Texas Hold’em there are “only” 169 different starting hands from the 52 x 51 / 2 = 1326 possible combinations of hole cards. The starting hands can be simplified, because it does not matter whether you hold the ace of hearts and the king of hearts or “Anna Kournikova” in spades or clubs: these cards are all equivalent. Thus, there are 13 pairs in Texas Hold’em, 78 suited hole cards and 78 off-suited hole cards. These come in different frequencies in the ratio 6:4:12 (pairs:suited:offsuited). So it is more likely to get two aces than a certain suited combination such as AK. But back to Crazy Pineapple Poker.

Starting Hands in Crazy Pineapple Poker

In Crazy Pineapple Poker, there are a total of 10 times more (1755) possible starting hands. It is not as easy to create a chart with the top 20% of starting hands, as this would include over 350 hands.
But we found at least some raw data, which can be helpful for beginners in the Texas Hold’em variant Crazy Pineapple Poker. The data comes from the user Phat Mack from the 2 +2 poker forum. He has run 100,000 simulations to identify the best starting hands. He limited these to heads-up and he used the variant Lazy Pineapple Poker (where in contrast to Crazy Pineapple no hole card must be mucked after the flop). This reduces and simplifies the calculations considerably. Overall, the results can be accurately transferred to the game of Crazy Pineapple Poker. The results can also be transferred to shorthanded and even at full ring tables, however you should keep in mind that similar to Texas Hold’em suited connectors will gain in strength.
The top 50 starting hands in Crazy Pineapple Poker are:

The top 51 to 250 hands, which approximately covers the top 15% of the best starting hands in Crazy Pineapple, can be  downloaded here together with the above table as a PDF file.
The strongest starting hands in Crazy Pineapple Poker are thus two aces combined with a high card in the same color of one of the aces. Some poker players might wonder why ace-ace-ten and ace-ace-five are the two strongest starting hands with a heads-up equity (probability of winning) of 75 percent. The explanation is simple: One way to beat two aces is holding a straight. A straight contains imperatively a ten or a five. If you now have two aces with a ten or five, then you are “blocking” one card that an oppenent needs to make a straight. Therefore, the equity of these two hands is slighlty higher than the expected favorite Ace-Ace-King.

Best starting hands Crazy Pineapple Poker

Simplyfied, the following are the best groups of starting hands in Crazy Pineapple:

  1. Ace-Ace and a suited high card
  2. Ace-Ace and a high card offsuited
  3. King-King and a suited high card
  4. King-King and a high card offsuited
  5. Queen-Queen and a suited high card
  6. Queen-Queen and a high card offsuited
  7. Jack-Jack, and a high card suited
  8. Jack-Jack, and a high card offsuited
  9. Ten-Ten and a high card that is either higher or suited
  10. Nine-Nine and a high card that is either higher or suited
  11. Eight-eight and one high card that is higher and suited
  12. An ace and two high card, which are reasonably high, and one of them is the color of the Asses

Since Crazy Pineapple Poker is a lesser-known plays and variant as Texas Hold’em, the game level is not very high. Simple strategies and the limitation on good starting hands (though the use of starting hands of only the above table would be too tight) will allow you to make good profits in Crazy Pineapple Poker.

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