Six Plus Hold’em Is Exciting New Variation of Hold’em Poker

Six Plus Hold'em

Six Plus Hold’em could be the next variation of the game of poker to take the world by storm. The game is played with basically the same rules as Texas Hold’em Poker, but with one very visible difference. All the cards from deuce to five are removed, leaving a 36-card deck. The smaller number of cards in play results in better hands, although poker strategy must be adjusted as another fundamental difference is the hand rankings of the game.

Included below is a short introduction to the game of Six Plus Hold’em Poker.

 

Six Plus Hold’em Hand Rankings

Texas Hold'em

Six Plus Hold'em

Royal Flush

Royal Flush

Straight Flush

Straight Flush

Four of a Kind

Four of a Kind

Full House

Flush

Flush

Full House

Straight

Three of a Kind

Three of a Kind

Straight

Two Pair

Two Pair

One Pair

One Pair

High Card

High Card


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As shown in the table above, a Flush is ranked higher than a Full House as it is much harder to make a Flush with only 9 cards in each suit.

Another difference between the two games is that the Ace is considered both a high card and a low card. It can be used in the top-end straight: A-K-Q-J-T, or alternatively in a low straight: A-6-7-8-9.

 

The Rising Popularity of Six Plus Hold’em

Phil Ivey quoteWhile it’s not entirely clear where the game developed, one thing about its rise in popularity is known. Two well-known professional poker players are helping spread the word about Six Plus Hold'em after having played the game at the cash tables in Macau.

Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan quickly took to the game but they are still in the process of mastering its strategy.

"It's a little bit more exciting than playing regular No Limit Hold'em because you get to play more hands and there's a lot more luck involved," Ivey said. "I think it's a lot more exciting for a new player," he added.

Ivey also said, "It's still poker, you know. You have to be patient when you need to be patient, and be aggressive when you need to be."

 

Six Plus Hold'em Strategy

Game play with a 36-card deck, with all the low cards removed, leads to different poker strategy considerations. With only 36 cards in the deck, the odds of getting specific community cards are increased. 6 plus Hold'em rules are basically the same as traditional Hold'em but the differences lead to some interesting strategy considerations such as:

** It's easier to make two-pair hands

** Straights and full houses are also easier to make

** Flushes are harder to make (there are only 9 cards per suit)

** Filling open-ended straight draws is more likely

** Being dealt pocket aces is twice as likely as in regular Hold'em

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Six Plus Hold'em Variations

In one popular variation of the game of Six Plus Hold'em, instead of the river card completing the five-card community board, players are dealt it as a third hole card. Then, similar to the game of Omaha Poker, in this variant of 6+ Holdem players must complete their five-card poker hands by using exactly two of their hole cards and three of the community cards.

 

Six Plus Hold'em

 

Why Play Six Plus Hold’em?

Tom DwanSix Plus Hold’em is not all that different from Texas Hold’em - no limit and fixed limit poker - so players will not have a hard time tackling the new game. Recreational poker players will be attracted both by the novelty of the game and the fact that they will be dealt better hands more frequently.

Top poker pros Ivey and Dwan conclude that Six Plus Hold’em is “more exciting, particularly for new players, than playing regular No Limit Hold’em tables”. Will you try your hand at this new variant of poker? Your poker friends will be eager to join you at a Six Plus Festival.

 

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