6+ Hold’em (also known as Short Deck Hold’em) is a variation of Texas Hold’em that originated in the high stakes games in Macau and has now worked its way to the tables at BetcoinPoker! This game uses a 36-card deck, which is formed by removing the 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s from a traditional poker deck. Other than that, things are very similar to the traditional game of Texas Hold’em, with a few fun exceptions.
Ace is Still High. And Low.
Just like in standard Texas Hold’em games, an ace can be used as the highest card and lowest card in the deck. A pair of aces is still the highest one pair hand that can be made and an ace high straight is still the best straight. But since the 2-5 are missing from the deck, an ace can also be used to make the low straight, which will be A-6-7-8-9.
Due to the cards removed from the deck, the odds of making various hands have changed, which also changes the traditional poker hierarchy of what beats what. Below you can find the hand rankings from highest to lowest for BetcoinPoker 6+ Hold’em.
1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a Kind
5. Full House
6. Three of a Kind
8. Two Pair
9. One Pair
10. High Card
The big differences here are that a flush beats a full house and three of a kind beats a straight. This is because it is now much easier statistically to make a full house and a straight than with a 52-card deck.
Some Basic Strategy
Don’t get as excited as you normally would when you look down to see AA as your starting hand. It is still considered the best starting hand, but it occurs much more often in this variant and has a lower percentage of winning overall. For example, it is much easier in 6+ Hold’em to make a two pair hand, so your aces will get cracked more often.
The odds of hitting draws vary, as well. It is more likely that you will hit your straight draws, because there are less cards in the deck that could come out on the turn and river. On the other hand, it is less likely that you will hit your flush draws, because there are 4 less cards of that suit that could appear.
We hope that players will enjoy this exciting new game and we wish you all good luck!