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Six Plus Hold'em

A new variant is taking over the poker tables: Six Plus Hold'em! It’s an exciting and action filled variant of the classic Texas Hold'em. The differences are comparatively small and make it easy for newcomers to enter the poker game.

The features

  • With Six Plus Hold'em the cards from Deuce to Five will be removed from the card deck. This way a deck will consist of 36 cards instead of 52 cards.
  • The smaller deck changes the probability of certain hands. Therefore the poker hand rank order changes: With Six Plus Hold'em, "Three of a Kind" has a higher value than a "Straight", and a "Flush" automatically beats a "Full House".

Before the game

Dealer (the one dealing the cards)

The dealer deals the cards clockwise to the players. Representation of the dealer is known as the "dealer button" which changes after each round to a player to the left. It also determines in which order the blinds (forced bets) must be placed.

In online poker, there is of course no dealer; the poker software performs this task automatically.

Blinds (forced bet)

Before each round the player to the left of the dealer (small blind) must post a compulsory bet (blind), for example €5. The player to their left must post the "big blind" which is double the amount of the small blind, so €10.

This ensures that in each round, a certain amount is in the pot. The pot can grow even more throughout the course of the game and will be paid out at the end of every round to whichever player has the best hand or bluffed the best.

Gameplay

Pre-Flop

Before the flop, each player receives a starting hand consisting of two face down cards (also called "Hole cards" or "Pocket cards"). The player to the left of the big blind, also often referred to as "Under the gun" starts the first betting round. The player can:
  • call (place the required minimum bet (big blind))
  • raise (increase the size of the bet required to stay in the pot)
  • fold (give up their hand and take no further action in the pot)
Each player must now decide one after another for one of the three options. If it's the big blind's turn, they can, unless the stakes have not increased, also check. The player remains in the game and the flop will be dealt.

Flop

With the flop, the dealer deals three community cards that are used by players to form their hand. Once that's done, a new betting round will begin and players have the possibility to check, as long as no bet was placed. After that, players can choose any of the three previously mentioned options. Only now it will start with the first player who sits to the left of the dealer button and who is still in the game.

Turn

Once the betting round ends, the fourth community card (Turn) will be revealed. After that another betting round will begin.

River

Once the betting round ends, provided that there are still participants in the game, the fifth and last community card (River) will be revealed. The last betting round follows.

Showdown

If after the last betting round more than one participant is still in the race, there will be a showdown. The players now have to build a hand with two of the three "hole cards" and three community cards. The player with the best hand wins the pot.

The pot will be split if multiple players have the same hand (split pot).

Date of publication: 2016-07-18 07:11:03 CET
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