Thursday, November 19, 2015

Six Plus Hold'em at Aria

Six Plus Hold'em, a new variant of Hold'em played with a deck of 36 cards, is apparently very popular in the high stakes games played in Macau. All the cards from deuce to five are taken out from the deck, leaving 36 cards instead of 52. This of course creates some differences in hand strength, like a 3-of-a-kind now beats a straight, and a flush beats a full house.

Clearly there will be differences in strategy between this game and the traditional Hold'em, and some time should be invested in study before sitting down and playing with real money. However, for those that lack the patience to do so, the Aria poker room will be spreading Six Plus Hold'em tonight with $2/$5 blinds and a $1,000 maximum buy-in.


5 comments:

Rob said...

Interesting. Will you be playing in this game? Have you seen it played?

Is A-6-7-8-9 a straight or not?

Has Ed Miller written a book about it yet?

angerisagift said...

what about a crazy pineapple version?????????

Mr Subliminal said...

@Rob : I would like to analyze it a bit more before actually playing. Everything changes - the odds of flopping a set, the probability of hitting your flopped open-ended straight or flush by the river etc. etc. You don't want to be calculating these things at the table.

Yes, A-6-7-8-9 is a straight. As for Ed Miller, I believe the pros will want to milk the game a bit before they start revealing their secrets. Once there is no more easy pickings, the strategy books will start coming out.

@angerisagift : The game is action-packed enough without introducing a crazy pineapple version.

Darryl Clemmons said...

I always wanted to play this game. The odds of getting a set should improve! The odds of a straight must be a lot higher. However, a flush would remain the same.

Mr Subliminal said...

Darryl, a flush now beats a full house, so .....