6+ Hold’em

6+ Hold’em is a popular 'short deck' poker format that plays much like Texas Hold’em, but with a few exciting differences:

  • All cards lower than a six are removed from the deck
  • Everyone posts an ante and only the button posts a blind - known as the 'button blind'
  • A flush beats a full-house and Ace, 6, 7, 8, 9 is classified as a straight

Available in cash games, exclusively at PokerStars, 6+ Hold’em is your chance to play an action-packed variant loved by high-stakes players around the world.

The Rules of 6+ Hold’em

All 6+ Hold’em games use a 36-card deck (with all cards lower than a 6 removed), which is shuffled before every hand is dealt. Games also use a 'button blind' structure: every player posts an ante, and the player seated at the button position is the only one who posts a blind – meaning there is only one blind per hand, rather than traditional small/big blind format.

The action starts with the player seated to the left of the button. Each hand then plays out according to Texas Hold’em rules, with pre-flop, flop, turn and river betting rounds.  

If you’ve played Texas Hold’em games before, the rules of 6+ Hold’em are easy to follow.

But don’t forget: contrary to regular Texas Hold'em games, in 6+ Hold’em a flush beats a full-house. A five-card hand consisting of Ace, 6, 7, 8, 9 (any suit) is also deemed a straight. All other hand rankings remain the same.

How do I take my seat in 6+ Hold’em?

To start playing 6+ Hold’em, all you need to do is choose the game and stake that you want to play and the software will find a seat for you. If no seat is immediately available, you’ll be placed on a waiting list.

There may be a minimum number of hands that you must play before you can sit out or leave without incurring a time penalty. Time penalties are cumulative and should rarely impact most players. They are in place to deter players from attempting seat selection by repeatedly joining and leaving a large number of tables.

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