Move over No Limit Holdem, there’s a new poker variant on the felt, and two elite poker pros are having a blast playing and promoting it. It’s called Six Plus Holdem, and it’s just starting to catch on around the world. Elite poker pros Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan are on a mission to promote the new game.
How to Play Six Plus Holdem
Six Plus Holdem is played much like the traditional game of No Limit Texas Holdem, but with some interesting twists. The name “Six Plus” eludes to a lack of low value cards. All of the 2‘s through 5’s have been removed from the deck, resulting in just 36 cards in play.
To make things a bit more exciting, the Ace is considered a high or low card. It produces the highest pairs, sets and quads, and is still the crown jewel of the Royal Straight (A-K-Q-K-10), but also helps to produce the lowest possible straight of A-6-7-8-9.
Poker Pros Spread the Word of Six Plus Holdem
Six Plus Holdem is already being enjoyed by several top-tier poker pros, including Phil “Polarizing” Ivey and Tom “durrrr” Dwan. The two have undertaken the task of promoting the new poker variant, which both are still in the process of mastering.
When asked his opinion of Six Plus Holdem, Phil Ivey said, “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. So I think it’s a lot more exciting for a new player.”
Tom Dwan, who now spends the majority of his time playing the big game cash tables in Macau, agreed with Ivey. He says Six Plus Holdem is more enjoyable, especially for recreational players, because they are privy to more strong, playable hands. In the same token, the value of those hands is reduced by the higher rate of ranked hand expectancy for all players.
If the rationalization sounds familiar, it should. Six Plus Holdem is shaping up to take the poker world by storm, much like the PLO craze of the mid-2000’s.
Dwan says the game increases the excitement level, the prevalence of luck, and accordingly, puts more of a gamble back into the game of poker. At the same time, he admitted he is still working to sharpen his skill at Six Plus Holdem. “I’m still trying to figure out the game myself as I’m sure a lot of other people are.”
Professionals Historically Drawn to New Poker Variants
Ivey and Dwan both illuminated the fact that Six Plus Holdem relies a bit more on luck than your classic Holdem, Draw and Stud games. But throughout history, poker pros have always been drawn to new poker variants.
On the one hand, professionals love getting their hands into a game where skill dominates luck, giving them a distinct edge over less experienced opponents. On the other hand, mastering a new poker variant ensures they are among an elite few who can claim to have done the same, meaning once they obtain a superior skillset for the new game, they can easily control the tables against most of their opponents.
For 10x WSOP bracelet winner Phil Ivey, mastering mixed games has harvested the majority of his success on the felt. If you look at each of his bracelet wins, not a single one came from a standard No Limit Holdem event. Ivey’s accolades were all received for winning less common games, including everything from PLO (not a popular event in 2000, when he won his first bracelet) and No Limit 2-7 Draw Lowball, to S.H.O.E., H.O.R.S.E. and 8-Game Mix.