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Six Plus Hold'em


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 coming in September to Americas Cardroom!

Six Plus Hold'em is a variation of Texas Holdem with fewer cards used. The gameplay is the same, with a couple minor exceptions. Namely, we remove 2s, 3s, 4, and 5s from the deck, and a couple changes in the hand ranking order.

Short Deck Hand Ranking (ranked lowest to highest):

  1. High card
  2. Pair
  3. Two Pair
  4. Straight (low straight is A6789 and a high straight can still be made normally)
  5. 3 of a Kind
  6. Full House
  7. Flush
  8. 4 of a kind
  9. Straight Flush
  10. Royal Flush

Notice the differences are a 3 of a kind beats a straight and a flush beats a full house.


With fewer cards, the possibilities of making stronger hands increases dramatically, making Six Plus Hold'em an action-packed game!


6 Plus Holdem Starting Hand Chart

One of the first things a starting Holdem player is after when learning how to play is a starting hand chart. After a few hundred million hands of 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 Holdem (also called Short Deck Holdem).


Hand Wins Ties
AA 76.90% 1.10% 10.00%
KK 72.60% 1.40%
QQ 69.70% 1.80%
JJ 66.90% 2.40%
TT 63.80% 3.20%
99 59.00% 4.10%
AKs 54.50% 9.40%
AQs 53.80% 9.80%
88 53.30% 5.00%
AKo 53.10% 8.70%
KQs 53.00% 9.60%
AQo 52.10% 9.20% 20.00%
QJs 52.10% 10.30%
AJs 52.00% 10.40%
KQo 51.60% 8.80%
KJs 51.60% 10.20%
QJo 50.80% 9.70%
JTs 50.70% 11.10%
KTs 50.50% 10.60%
ATs 50.50% 11.00%
AJo 50.30% 9.60% 30.00%
QTs 50.30% 10.90%
KJo 49.90% 9.40%
JTo 49.20% 10.50%
ATo 48.90% 10.20%
KTo 48.80% 9.80%
QTo 48.70% 10.20% 40.00%
A9s 48.70% 11.50%
77 47.30% 6.20%
A8s 47.30% 11.70%
A9o 46.80% 10.70%
Q9s 46.70% 11.50%
K9s 46.70% 11.60%
T9s 46.30% 12.10%
J9s 45.80% 12.00%
A8o 45.30% 11.00%
A7s 45.20% 11.80% 50.00%
K9o 44.80% 10.90%
Q9o 44.80% 11.00%
T9o 44.60% 11.70%
J9o 43.90% 11.30%
Q8s 43.60% 12.00%
A7o 43.60% 11.10% 60.00%
K8s 43.40% 11.90%
A6s 43.30% 11.60%
98s 43.20% 12.70%
J8s 43.10% 12.20%
K7s 42.50% 12.00%
T8s 42.40% 12.60%
Q8o 41.70% 11.40%
K8o 41.40% 11.10%
A6o 41.40% 11.00% 70.00%
98o 41.20% 12.10%
66 41.10% 7.30%
J8o 40.90% 11.60%
Q7s 40.90% 12.10%
J7s 40.60% 12.50%
K6s 40.50% 12.00%
K7o 40.40% 11.30%
T8o 40.40% 12.10% 80.00%
T7s 39.90% 12.80%
97s 39.90% 13.00%
Q6s 39.30% 12.30%
87s 38.80% 12.70%
Q7o 38.60% 11.50%
J7o 38.30% 11.90%
K6o 38.30% 11.30%
97o 37.80% 12.40% 90.00%
T7o 37.70% 12.20%
J6s 37.50% 12.40%
96s 37.40% 12.80%
Q6o 37.20% 11.50%
87o 36.70% 12.20%
T6s 36.60% 13.00%
96o 35.00% 12.30% 100.00%
J6o 35.00% 11.70%
86s 34.30% 13.00%
T6o 34.10% 12.30%
76s 33.70% 12.80%
86o 31.80% 12.40%
76o 31.20% 12.30%

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 Holdem as compared to Normal Holdem. And remember, this chart does not consider postflop 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.


Firstly:

The equities run closer in Six Plus Holdem than in normal Holdem. AA heads up in Holdem wins about 86% of the time against a random range. In Six Plus Holdem, that drops to about 77%. Strong hands are still strong, but not nearly as powerful as in Long Deck Holdem.

In Long Deck Holdem, you must get to about 28% of hands to reach starting hands that are a flip against a random range. In Six Plus Holdem we start flipping against a random range with hands as powerful at the top 15% of hands.


Secondly:

We see that ties are more common than Long Deck Holdem, in which ties happen on average about 7% of the time. In Six Plus Holdem, we see ties about 10.5% of the time.