Short-Deck Hold ’em, also known as 6+ (Six Plus), Hold ’em. This No-Limit Poker game uses a stripped-down deck.
This game is a fun, fast variation of the well-known Texas Hold ’em format. Short Deck Holds ’em was developed in Asia several years ago and is now more prominent in Europe.
The game is seeing increasing interest in America due to recent high-profile High Roller events. It is currently being played in Las Vegas.
DIFFERENCE IN PACK SIZE
The standard 52-card game pack contains all the 2’s, 3’s 4’s, 5’s, and 4’s. This leaves only 36 cards. The 6 is the lowest card. You cannot use an Ace lower than the 6.
AN ACE HAS ADDED VALUE
As in traditional Hold ’em, the Ace can be used to either High or Low. However, in the Short Deck version, it can also serve as a low or high end of a straight. As in:
* A 6 7 8 9 9 is considered a straight. (In this example, the Ace is classified as a 5′).
HAND RANKING DIFFERENCES- LET THE SIGNIFICANCE SINK IN!
Although there are few differences in the hand value between the two formats of Hold ’em, these differences are significant and can prove costly if they are forgotten.
Hold ’em in Short Deck
* A Flush is better than a Full House. This is because it is mathematically more challenging to make a flush from a reduced deck than to make a whole house.
Not all houses follow this general rule. Some places have the power the other way. Before you take your seat, make sure to check the house rules.
Regular Hold ’em players with suited hole cards or two community cards of the same suit have nine cards from which to make Flush cards. This is reduced to five cards when you play the Short Deck game. A Flush is, therefore, much more challenging to achieve.
EASIER TO HIT A SET
It is easier to score a set when you play short Deck Holds ’em than when you are playing regular poker. A pocket pair of short deck players will have two cards left from the 34 cards to make a set, as opposed to the standard two cards out of 50.
SHORT DECK HOLD ‘EM STRATEGY
If you are familiar with the standard version of Hold ’em, you must be aware of strategies during traditional games.
There are many changes when you play the Short Deck game. These are the five most important things to remember:
- The rule of 4 & 2 becomes the rule of 3 & 6
- Stronger post-flop hands are required
- Pocket Aces have twice the chance of being dealt
- Hands like top pair or top kicker have a lower value
- A pot is rarely won by a single pair of hands
FAST, FUN, and EXCITING
Short Deck Holds ’em (6+ Hold ’em) is making waves in Poker communities worldwide. Why not give it a try?
Last word of caution: Your opponents will be able to hit much bigger hands than you in regular play.