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):
- 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, the possibilities of making stronger hands increases dramatically, making Six Plus Hold'em an action-packed game!
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).
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.
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.
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.