Hand Ranking Differences in Six Plus Hold’em

One of the most popular new poker games over the past few years has been Six Plus Hold’em, also known as 6+ and Short Deck Hold’em. The game has caught the attention of players both in live bricks and mortar poker rooms and on the internet in the online poker rooms.

The game really started to gain attention after Tom Dwan and Phil Ivey created a video about the game a few years back. Dwan recently lost a $2.35 million pot in a televised poker game, after which he declared he was leaving to go play short deck.

The game is played is a very similar way to regular Texas Hold’em. In fact, most of the gameplay is identical: there are four betting rounds, you get two hole cards, there are three cards on the flop, and the river is the last community card. The big difference with Six Plus Hold’em is the number of cards in the deck. A normal deck that is used to play poker has 52 cards in it, but in 6+ all of the 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s are removed, leaving only 36 cards.

The aces still act as both high and low cards, just like in traditional poker games. So, when trying to make a low straight, the ace acts like a 5 instead of a 1. This means that the smallest possible straight in 6+ Hold’em is A6789.

Six Plus Hold’em Hand Rankings

This of course means that the cards that remain in the deck are much higher in rank (on average) than a typical card in a normal 52 card deck. Not only does this means that some strategy adjustments must be made to accommodate for the difference, but it also means that more big hands are made which can increase the excitement level for players.

In addition to the average card ranking being higher in 6+ Hold’em, the odds of making certain hands changes as the number of cards in the deck changes.

A Flush Beats a Full House

For instance, one of the best hands you could make in regular Hold’em is a Full House. Very few hands beat it, only Straight Flushes and Four of a Kind rank higher. But in six plus, a regular Flush beats a Full House too.

Because there are four less cards in each suit, there are four less cards available to help you make a Flush. This increased difficulty is enough to boost Flushes up in the rankings ahead of Full Houses.

Three-of-a-kind Beats a Straight

The removal of the 16 cards (identified above) also means that the remaining cards are all much closer in rank. When thinking about poker, players often think about hand ranges, well apply the idea of ranges to the possible ranks of cards in the deck and you will quickly visualize the clustering effect of removing the cards below the six.

What this means for a strategy perspective is that straights become easier to make. There will be smaller gaps between the cards in your hand and those on the board. As a result, three-of-a-kind hands are ranked higher and beat straights.

For the most part, all of the other hand rankings are the same as regular Texas Hold’em, but always check the rules of the game that you’re playing in because the rules and hand ranking do vary from game to game.

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Finalists Announced for #myultimatesweat!

Which contestant for #myultimatesweat will win the Platinum Pass to the PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) in the Bahamas this coming January?

Well we know it is down to the Final 6 contestants. And what an amazing bunch they are. If you are looking for inspiration, look no further.

Three of the contestants that we think are favorites to win are

Mila Monroe

Mila’s challenge was to get in and out of bed on her own. Perhaps this is a task that many of us take for granted, but Mila is paralyzed from the neck down. her challenge has gone so well that she surpassed her goal and is even learning how to drive again!

Brandon Gardiner

Brandon’s challenge was to learn magic by practicing 2 hours every day and performing a weekly trick in his vlog. He also organized and performed a magic show!

Nikhil Segel


Nikhil quit smoking and lost a bunch of weight. According to Jamie, Nikhil also served as an inspiration to others with his frequent posting and encouraging messages.

Good luck to all!

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It’s Raining Platinum Passes!

$3 Million Worth Platinum Passes Still up for Grabs

at PokerStars

With just less than 82 days remaining until the start of PokerStars Players Championship (PSPC) event, there’s more than 100 Platinum Passes still to be given away by PokerStars.

This means that for the next two and a half months, there will be close to ten Platinum Pass winners every week on average.

As per the infographic released by PokerStars, 60 players have won a PSPC pass for a buy-in of less than $20. The youngest player to receive a platinum pass is 20 years and the oldest player is 76 years old. Seven Women including PokerStars Team Pro Maria Konnikova have won a Platinum Pass. Six players have won a pass to the PSPC via the Moneymaker PSPC tour.

If you haven’t grabbed the opportunity yet, worry not as there are still plenty of ways to grab a Platinum Pass worth $30,000 and a trip to the Bahamas in January

Follow PokerStars Blog page to know how to win a ticket to the PokerStars PSPC event which could be the biggest live poker event and the softest in the history of PokerStars.



PokerStars Store Launches on the Web

Merchandise from online poker giant PokerStars is now available on the web.

The new PokerStars web store only takes traditional payment methods using USD, EUR or GBP (no StarsCoin), but you can get the sleek PokerStars/Hugo Boss co-branded merch.

Branded items that were previously only available through the PokerStars store within the client, were first made available to attendees at EPT Barcelona earlier this summer. At the time company officials revealed to pokerfuse that a new PokerStars web store was coming.

Be sure to check it out!

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