March 2016: The iPoker Network recently launched a new variant of the good ol’ Texas Hold’em called Six Plus Hold’em. There is no difference between this and Texas Hold’em except the former has lesser number of cards.
Six Plus Hold’em is played with 36 cards, not 52. All the cards from 2 to 5 of all suits are removed from the deck; hence it is played with cards 6 to Kings, plus Aces. That’s why the name ‘Six Plus’. Owing to this, the ranking of hands has been altered because the probabilities change with a smaller deck. Aces can be used as the higher or lower end of a straight. Hence, the lowest straight in a Six Plus game becomes A,6,7,8,9. Flushes become rarer and hence stronger hands.
The new hierarchy of hands for Six Plus Hold’em is as follows –
- Royal Flush
- Straight Flush
- Four of a Kind
- Full House
- Three of a Kind
- Two Pair
- High Card
Six Plus poker is a heavy action game that is fast becoming popular among the high-stakes games in Macau. iPoker aims to turn it into a game that both recreational as well as professional players can indulge in.