I love to try new formats, and even though I rarely play it very seriously, it helps me relax, and boost my motivation to continue grinding the main format.
So I decided to put together this article and share my top 3 picks of poker formats you should try in 2020.
Short Deck Holdem Poker
Without a doubt, this is my top option. If you never played this game, you just have to give it a try.
With plenty of high-stakes action coming from Triton series, it is rapidly gaining momentum, and jumping in this game while others do not know how to play it can give a lot of side income on top of all the fun and excitement it brings along.
The main difference from the standard game is that Short Deck (also called Six-Plus Holdem) is played with a shorter deck, namely from 6s through Ace. It means that 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s are removed from the deck.
Also, it is worth mentioning:
- You can have a straight with A 6 7 8 9, as well as with A K Q J T because Ace plays as a low and high card
- Flushes beat the full house (which is not a surprise considering fewer hands in the deck)
One thing that could look very strange to you is all the limping that is going on. However, unlike in Texas Holdem, you should be limping quite a bit in Six Plus games. To be more precise, limping your entire range of hands that you are planning to play from EP is the best strategy to have.
Since you will be playing relatively short stacks where raising almost commit you to the hand, the math suggests that leaving yourself an option to fold and limping your entire range is the optimal play.
Also, hand equities run much closer, so your good draws, especially flush-draws, should be played aggressively and are often good enough to play for your whole stack. Sometimes, even a favorite against a made hand on the flop.
I am not going to list the whole gameplay of this format because there is a lot of information. But if you want to learn more, you should read my Short Deck Holdem poker rules and strategy guide or even join the advanced upswing training course.