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Poker players from around the world were captivated eight months ago when Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan appeared in a video promoting a relatively new game called Six Plus Hold’em.

Online poker forums and chat boxes at poker sites were loaded with postings from players who wanted to try the game being touted by two of the world’s most successful and admired poker pros. Problem was, unless your bankroll and clout afforded you the opportunity to jet to Macau and take part in the high stakes live action in that part of the world, your foray into playing Six Plus Hold’em would likely have to wait until the poker variant was offered online.

That wait is now over.

Six Plus Hold’em will be available at iPoker Network skins such as Iron Poker, William Hill and Betfair beginning Monday, February 22. Players interested in checking out the game may want to log on at one of those poker sites and see how the action plays out.

For those who may have forgotten the rules of Six Plus Hold’em since Dwan and Ivey brought the Asian-based poker variant to our attention last June, let’s go over some details.

Six Plus Hold’em Rules

The game is played like Texas Hold’em, except that the Deuce through Five cards have been removed from the deck. That means only 36 cards are in play – not 52.

Ace remains both high and low, so the lowest possible straight is Ace-6-7-8-9.

The hand rankings have been tweaked slightly, with three of a kind beating a straight, and a flush beating a full house.

Here are the hand rankings in Six Plus Hold’em, from strongest to weakest:

  • Royal Flush
  • Straight Flush
  • Four of a kind
  • Flush
  • Full House
  • Three of a Kind
  • Straight
  • Two Pair
  • One Pair
  • High Card

More Action

Six Plus Hold’em may turn out to be a favorite among recreational players due to the likelihood of more action and bigger pots. Casual players don’t particularly enjoy the need to be patient when playing Texas Hold’em and are forever craving action and being involved.

Six Plus Hold’em, or short-deck poker as some players refer to the game, affords an opportunity to gamble a bit more. And that increased gambling may attract more players.

“It’s a little bit more exciting than playing regular No Limit Hold’em because you get to play more hands and there’s a lot more luck involved,”  Ivey stated last summer. “So I think it’s a lot more exciting for a new player.”

Take a look at the accompanying video to perhaps further clarify the rules of Six Plus Hold’em and the differences when comparing the game to Texas Hold’em. It looks to be both fun and interesting! Are you a bit tired of Texas Hold’em and Omaha and ready to try a new poker variant such as Six Plus Hold’em? Now is your chance.



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Charles Rettmuller

Charles has been an avid poker player for a number of years, both live and online. He holds a degree in journalism and previously worked as a reporter for a Chicago-based newspaper. Charles joined the PokerUpdate team in early 2012 and writes daily news articles for the site.