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Crazy Pineapple 8 or Better Rules

Crazy Pineapple 8/b plays like regular Crazy Pineapple until the end of the hand, when the pot may be split between the high hand and the low hand, if any. 

WHAT DOES ‘8/b’ MEAN?
8/B refers to the low hand, and means that, if a low hand exists, it must consist of cards valued at 8 or lower. If a low hand doesn’t exist, the high hand wins the entire pot. There is ALWAYS a qualifying high hand. 

Qualifying low hands consist of five cards with different numerical values from Ace to 8. If multiple players meet this standard, the player with the lowest high card will win the low hand and split the pot with the high hand (e.g. Ah, 2d, 5c, 6c 7d BEATS Ac, 2c, 6d, 7h, 8d). The best low hand is A, 2, 3, 4, 5 – straights and flushes do not count against a low hand, but a pair will disqualify it. An easy way to think of a low hand score is to look at the two highest cards in that hand. For example, an A, 2, 3, 4, 6 scores a 64, and would therefore beat an A, 2, 3, 5, 6 because it’s score would be 65. 

The high and low hands consist of five cards from the total of seven available at the showdown (your two pocket cards plus the five community cards), but you don’t have to use the same 7 cards for both high & low hands. If your pocket cards are Ad, 7d, and the board is 2d, 3c, 4c, 5d, 6d – you have a low hand of A-5, and a high hand of Ace high flush. 

One final point – players do not need to decide if they are playing for a high hand or a low hand, as all hands in the showdown will be evaluated for both and ranked automatically by our software. 

BUT I WANT IT ALL!!!
The value of potentially sharing the pot between a high hand and a low hand is that there is more action in the game. Some will play for the high, and some for the low. But sometimes you can play for both! As mentioned above, straights and flushes do not count against a low hand. So if you have Ac, 2c, 3c, 4c, 5c, you will share in the low hand pot (it may split between you and other A-5 straights), and your straight flush would certainly put you in good position for the high hand also.

Omaha Hi-Lo (8 or Better) Rules

Omaha High-Low is a popular version of Omaha poker game. The basic rules are like in Omaha Holdem, which is based on Texas Holdem, but there are some differences which makes the game active and interesting. 

In Hi-Lo games, the pot is split between the Hi hand and the Lo hand. The same cards may be used in declaring Hi and Lo. 

One hand may win both the Hi and the Lo halves of the pot. A frequent example of this is “the Wheel”, consisting of an Ace-2-3-4-5. 

If there is no qualifying hand for Lo, the best Hi hand wins the whole pot. 

In the division of the pot, the Hi hand receives any odd chip. 

Otherwise, all the regular rules of each game apply except that a qualifier of 8-or-better for the Lo hand applies unless a specific statement to the contrary is made. This means that the winning low hand can only contain cards of the value under 9. Hence in Flop games, the Flop must contain three cards of the value of 8 or lower. 

In order to qualify for the low half of the pot, the low hand must be 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 or lower. That’s why this game is called “8 or better”, or simply “Omaha 8”. 

Interesting moment of Omaha High-Low rules is that straights and flushes do not count against you when qualifying for Low. Also you are permitted to use different cards in your hand for the High side and different cards for the Low side or the same cards for both the High and Low sides. In a split pot, any leftover odd chip goes to the High side of the pot. 
A few casinos play with a 9-low qualifier instead, but this is not very popular. 

Possible transcriptions of Omaha High Low: “Omaha Hi-Lo”, “Omaha hi/lo”, “Omaha high/low”, “Omaha high-low”.

Five Card Stud Rules

Five Card Stud is played very similar to 7 Card Stud. The obvious difference is that each player receives; you guessed it, 5 cards. The first is dealt face down with the four following cards dealt face up 

Ante
You like all other players must ante before any cards are dealt. The amount of the ante reflects that table limits…the lower the limit, the lower the ante. $0.50/$1.00 tables have no ante, $10.00/$20.00 tables have a $1.00 ante. 

Betting
You are dealt one down card, hole card, and one up card. The player showing the lowest card by suit (highest – spades, hearts, diamonds, clubs – lowest) must bring-in the first round of betting with a forced bet of half the lower limit. Don’t worry too much about who goes first, etc., as the software will prompt the player who is to begin the betting. The next player to act, left of the first better, can ‘complete’ the bet, call or fold. After the initial betting round, three more up cards are delivered, with a round of betting after each card. In our 5 Stud game, a bet and three raises are allowed. The final raise is capped and the only options you have are to call or fold at this point. 

Betting Structure. The stakes being offered at the particular table determines the limit or maximum bet on any player’s turn. For example, at a $1-$2 table, the limit on any bet is $1 on the first two betting rounds and $2 on the final three betting rounds. We allow one bet and 3 raises in our card room. 

Noteworthy: The betting action of the first two rounds is set at the lower limit of the table structure. The exception of this rule is when a player shows a pair after the 3rd street. All players have the option to bet the higher limit for the second round of betting. If a player does bet the higher limit, subsequent bets must also be at the higher limit. The last two rounds of betting are at the higher limit. 

The Showdown
The first person to show their hand is the last person to show strength with a bet or raise. All 5 cards are used at showdown. The player holding the best poker hand wins the pot. Should multiple hands tie, the pot is split with any odd amount going to the player nearest the ‘D’ button’s left.

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