If you’re a poker player already, we’re guessing you’re already well up to speed on regular Texas hold’em. This game is synonymous with modern poker. Whether you play online, in your mates gaf or in a card room, we’re pretty sure you’re familiar with Texas hold’em.
And if you’ve spent any time in online poker rooms, we’re guessing you’ve already seen different variants of poker. The modern ones range from smart to whacky. Sometimes they’re a really clever twist on a great game. Other times they’re overly complicated, verging on difficult to play.
One of our favourite modern variants has got to be Six Plus Hold’em, available at Coral Poker.
It’s fast, it’s exciting and it’s full of action.
And we’re going to use this post to tell you exactly why you should be sitting down for a game…
Where did it come from?
This game was developed in the casinos in Macau in 2014, with real live players. This is unlike many other variants of online poker, which are mostly developed, and really only possible, for play online.
Some of the most well-known professional poker players were the earliest cheerleaders for the sport, including Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan.
It’s also a mainstay in casinos and is particularly popular in Asia, in poker hubs like Manila, Hong Kong and, of course, Macau.
Less cards and more action
In Six Plus Hold’em, the potential for hitting a high value hand is increased. That’s because all the lowest value cards (2s-5s) are taken out of the deck, leaving 36 of the highest value cards.
The chances of you getting a really good hand are way better than in regular hold’em. For instance, the probability that you’ll get dealt pocket aces is doubled.
Familiar until the showdown
Six Plus Hold’em plays out exactly like regular Texas Hold’em until the showdown…
Because there are less cards, the probabilities of hitting particular hands are different. Here are the rankings in Six Plus Hold’em, listed from strongest to weakest:
- Royal flush
- Straight flush
- Four of a kind
- Full house
- Three of a kind
- Two pair
- High card
So unlike regular hold’em, a flush is stronger than a full house and three of a kind is stronger than a straight.
Another peculiarity with this compared to regular poker is that the Ace can make a low straight when paired with cards 6-9, because its regular partners 2-5 have been removed from the game.