What Is A Full Ring In Poker?
Full Ring is a term used to describe 9-handed and 10-handed poker games, or in other words, games that have a maximum of 9 or 10 players.
A full-ring poker table has 9 different positions:
- Under the Gun (UTG)
- Under the Gun + 1 (UTG+1)
- Under the Gun + 2 (UTG+1)
- Lowjack (LJ)
- Hijack (HJ)
- Cutoff (CO)
- Button (BTN)
- Small Blind (SB)
- Big Blind (BB)
When it comes to the number of players at the table, the other, more modern format is 6-max poker. Unlike full ring games with a maximum of 9 or 10 players, 6-max games have a maximum of six.
In addition to the number of players, the other difference between full-ring and 6-max poker is that the former format is mostly used for poker tournaments while the latter is usually used for cash games.
Finally, the third big difference between these formats is in the game dynamics. On average, full-ring poker games are much more passive than 6-max games because players get to see more hands before it is their turn to post the blinds, which results in them playing tighter ranges.
Nowadays, full-ring games are almost exclusive for tournaments since the 6-max format has completely taken over the cash games in online poker. Because of this, full-ring cash games are much less competitive than 6 max cash games.
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