Crazy Pineapple World Champion crowned

Tom Christopher
Tom Christopher is the Crazy Pineapple World Champion.

Crazy Pineapple now has a World Champion and it's Las Vegas resident Tom Christopher.

The game is played much like Texas Hold 'em with three cards dealt to each player and one discarded after the flop, although there is both a high and low-hand winner.

Crazy Pineapple has been spread for decades in casinos around Reno and Lake Tahoe making Harvey's Hotel and Casino in Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Poker Classic the perfect spot for the World Championship held Wednesday.

At $200, organizers claim it was the largest buy-in Crazy Pineapple tournament in the world.

Christopher, a 52-year-old contractor from Las Vegas, is far from a Crazy Pineapple hustler, having come across the tournament in typical road gambler fashion.

"I lost big money betting sports today," he said. "About ten minutes before this tournament started I realized this was the only game left. It was my chance to get even. So, I decided to enter. Now, I'm the world champion? How cool is that?"

For his efforts, Christopher banked the $3,124 first-place prize and although this World Championship came without a ring or gold bracelet, he was presented a ripe Dole pineapple.

"Years from now, when history looks back on this event which ended on a blustery Wednesday night on the south shores of Lake Tahoe, who knows if this tournament will be remembered as the first of its kind," WSOP Media Director Nolan Dalla said.

"Back in 1970, a few people gathered in Las Vegas about the same time of year and decided to call their game a world championship. The rest, as they say, is history."

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