Definition of Six-Plus Holdem

What does the term "six-plus hold'em" mean in the world of poker? What is the definition of the term "six-plus hold'em"?

"Six-plus hold'em" is a relatively new game that originated in some of the highest stakes poker rooms in Asia. The game was brought to the masses by Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan and has gained popularity thanks to the inclusion of six-plus hold'em events at the Triton Poker Super High Roller Series.

"Six-plus" hold'em is also known as "short deck hold'em".

The King explains the popular game type called Six-Plus.  It is a more explosive holdem game.  Photo: chips in motion.

In "six-plus hold'em", the deck has 16 of its 52 cards removed, including all of the 2s, 3s, 4s and 5s.

The removal of these cards creates much more action, as Aces, Kings, Queens and Jacks represent nearly half of the deck.

The hand rankings are slightly modified in six-plus hold'em, with flushes ranking ahead of full houses and three of a kinds ranking in front of straights. Here is the hand ranking in six-plus hold'em:

Royal Flush > Straight flush > Four of a Kind > Flush > Full house > Three of a kind > Straight > Two pair > One pair > High card

Also, there is one key change as well, as an Ace can act as a Five in a straight if the board reads 6-7-8-9.

Flushes are harder to hit (less outs), while straight draws are much valuable and play better than in typical Hold'em games.


High stakes gamblers love six-plus hold'em because of the tremendous action that the game creates.

Pokerstars recently jumped on the fad of six-plus hold'em and is now offering games in their lobby.

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