Texas holdem is definitely the most popular form of “community poker” but below are a couple variants.
In this version of Texas holdem all the 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, and 6s are taken out of the deck of cards leaving just 32 cards to play with. Each player is dealt two hole cards just like Texas holdem, but from that point forward the five community cardsare dealt one at a time with a round of betting after each card…in other words there is no flop in Manila. The only other difference in Manila poker is that each player makes their best hand using BOTH of their pocket cards and three of the community cards.
The general rules of play and betting structure for pineapple are exactly the same as your standard game of Texas holdem except for one small difference. Instead of being dealt two cards down at the start, players are dealt three cards face down and then discard one of the three cards. After each player has discarded the initial round of betting takes place and the game proceeds as a normal holdem game with the flop, betting, turn, betting, river, betting, and showdown.
A slight variation of pineapple is called “Crazy Pineapple” where players are still dealt three down cards, but they don’t discard one until after the flop.
A third slight variation of pineapple is called “Tahoe,” it’s played the same as Crazy Pineapple except that the three down cards may be kept until the showdown and then each player makes their best five card poker hand using a maximum of only two of the three down cards.
As the name suggests, this version of Texas holdem is played with two boards. The best hand using each board wins half the pot. For example, players are dealt two down cards and a round of betting takes place. The dealer then places two separate flops on the table then a round of betting, two turn cards are placed up, more betting, two river cards, a final round of betting, and then a showdown. The player with the best five card poker hand using their hold cards and the each of the board cards wins half the pot for each board.