New Feature: Six Plus Hold'em !
We've got a new addition to our suite of games that's gaining popularity and taking the poker world by storm. Drumroll please! Six Plus Hold'em is now at Americas Cardroom.
Six Plus Hold'em (also called Short Deck Hold'em) is a variation of Texas Hold'em with fewer cards used. The gameplay is the same, with a couple minor exceptions. Namely, we remove 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s from the deck, and introduce a couple of hand ranking changes.
Six Plus Hold’em (ranked lowest to highest):
- High Card
- Two Pair
- Straight (low straight is A6789 and a high straight can still be made normally)
- 3 of a Kind
- Full House
- 4 of a Kind
- Straight Flush
- Royal Flush
Notice the differences are a 3 of a kind beats a straight and a flush beats a full house.
With fewer cards, it’s easier to land stronger hands, making Six Plus Hold’em an action-packed game!
We are currently offering Six Plus Hold’em for cash games only, but tournaments are just around the corner. Stay tuned for updates and get into the action today!
Six Plus Hold’em Starting Hand Chart
One of the first things a new Hold’em player needs when learning how to play is a starting hand chart. After a few hundred million heads-up hands dealt to the river, we’ve compiled a list of the percentage of times a given hand won versus a random range from the single opponent. Here is the starting hand chart for Six Plus Hold’em.
While a few hundred million hands may sound like a lot, there’s still plenty of variance possible in these results. However, this gives us a good idea of how hand strengths change and how a starting hand chart changes in Six Plus Hold’em as compared to Normal Hold’em. And remember, this chart does not consider post-flop play. It is only the showdown value of a given starting hand versus an opponent’s entire range. Having expressed these caveats, we can highlight a few changes.
The equities run closer in Six Plus Hold’em than in Normal Hold’em. AA heads up in Hold’em wins about 86% of the time against a random range. In Six Plus Hold’em that drops to about 77%. Strong hands are still strong, but not nearly as powerful as in Normal Hold’em.
In Normal Hold’em, you must get to about 28% of hands to reach starting hands that are a flip against a random range. In Six Plus Hold’em we start flipping against a random range with hands as powerful at the top 15% of hands.
We see that ties are more common than in Normal Hold’em, in which ties happen on average about 7% of the time. In Six Plus Hold’em, we see ties about 10.5% of the time.