Betting on Six-Max Low Limit Poker


Posted by Erik | Posted in Poker | Posted on 06-03-2011


Shorthanded (six-max) hold’em is really a diverse animal than ten or 9 handed poker. Small constrain shorthanded poker has a couple of much more wrinkles than the bigger limit variety. A great deal of the literature regarding shorthanded poker is aimed at the increased limits, where many post-flop battles are heads up. We will focus on games similar to the one/two 6 max games at Party Poker

Starting Hands

As at any level of poker, beginning hands are the foundation of one’s holdem game. On the 1/2 six max tables, you can frequently be facing a couple of or three opponents with VPIP’s (voluntarily place money in the pot…see Poker Tracker Guide for much more detail) of fifty % or more. Now, just because numerous of one’s opponents is going to be beginning with shaky hands doesn’t mean you really should stoop to their level. Hold em at any level is about playing commencing hands with beneficial expected values. The other poker players’ looseness combined with the fewer number of opponents will let you to bet on a lot more hands, but it truly is nevertheless optimal to keep your VPIP below 30.

In general, playing six max, improve with any Ace with a kicker of 10 or higher, King-Queen and King-Jack, and Queen-Jack suited as properly as pairs down to nines. You really should limp with any 2 cards 10 or larger in any position. In the last 2 seats, you’ll be able to wager on any 2 cards nine or higher. Suited connectors down to sixty-five might be bet anywhere and any other hand with 2 suited cards eight or bigger as properly as suited Aces can be played. Pocket 6’s and sevens are playable anywhere. Using the smaller pockets, play them if you will find two limpers ahead of you. The hands you decide to play in the earliest 2 seats can be extended to a few of the suited connectors or lower pairs if you happen to be playing at an exceptionally passive table with little raising.

Steal Raises

Most of the hands we advised you to play need to be opened for a increase in those rare cases when you might be about the button in a pot that has not been entered. Beware…stealing the blinds is extremely challenging in lower restrict shorthanded holdem. Most poker players wagering this degree will call your increase with virtually anything in the large blind. A lot of will call from the little blind. Steal raises from the cutoff seat are commonly not advisable. You may well stretch your raising requirements SLIGHTLY if initial in following 2 have folded, except remember you’ve nevertheless got 60 per-cent of your opponents yet to act. Boost when you can expect to narrow the field to one, for then you will be in the driver’s seat.


Shorthanded (6-max) holdem is usually characterized by aggression. This really is true in the small constrain shorthanded 6 max games as nicely, nonetheless, the unbridled aggression effective at greater limits may perhaps not serve you as properly in reduced limit poker. You must remain aggressive, except beware that the conditions are unique and you may perhaps not be in a position to bully your method to as quite a few pots. Typically, your preflop raises will be met by 2 or much more callers. When you boost with 2 good cards and miss the flop, you’re likely behind in the hand. With 2 opponents, we advocate betting the flop. One luxury of reduced restriction poker is that your wagers won’t typically be met with raises or check-raises.

The six-max tables are filled with calling stations…your finest hands will acquire callers, but if you increase with KQ and there is an ace and two rags about the flop, you can not be in a position to wager your opponent’s pocket twos off the hand most of the time. Similarly, hands like pocket sevens which are very good raising hands shorthanded in greater limit poker are not worthwhile when raised at small limits. With multiple callers expected, you are going to probably need to hit a set to win…so raising increases your investment and can be a bad wager on from an anticipated value standpoint.


If you’ve hit your flop, then you must be extremely aggressive. Slow betting is typically a no-no (unless you have a set or are heads up, then you’ll find times when a slow play is called for). Recall, most of these low-limit hold em players will call you down with hands like middle or bottom pair, a gutshot or even an overcard or 2. Don’t enable them to negative beat you cheaply. Generate them pay to see their longshot draws. Extract your money from them when you have got the edge. Recall also that in shorthanded poker games top pair with mediocre kicker is often a a great deal greater hand than it is on full tables. If I flop major pair with my K2s in the small blind, i am usually going to examine raise. Check-raising out of the blinds is quite profitable.

Late players will bet their gutshots or bottom pairs, and, far more importantly, will pay you off to the river after your check-raise. This really is an essential play…not only will it earn you money when it works but it will discourage players from trying to steal pots. Check-raises with just leading pair are particularly rare at minimal constrain holdem, and your opponents will produce note of it and fear you. Any flop in which you might have leading pair ought to be raised, unless there was a preflop raiser. Then, use your judgement as to whether he must be checkraised, depending within the board and his raising frequency.

Shorthanded Poker

Low limit shorthanded (six max) hold’em can be a casino game swimming with fish. Should you wager on tight, aggressive poker you’ll win at an astonishing rate due to the weak play of your respective opponents. Stay aggressive, but bear in mind that the range of opponents will dictate regardless of whether you need to go full throttle or place for the brakes. Hop onto the 1/2 six max holdem tables at Party Poker nowadays, follow these guidelines and I guarantee you’ll be a profitable poker player.

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