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Play the Player in 6 Max Texas Holdem

One of the main differences between full ring texas holdem and the shorthanded 6 max tables is that you will be making many more player based decisions.

You will generally be playing more hands per hour against less players when you are at a 6 max or table compared to 10 at at a full ring table. Therefore you should be constantly looking for each players strengths and weakness and be playing accordingly. Knowing the players betting tendancies will help you greatly, from pre flop isolation raises, blind steals, to your postflop semi bluffing, bluffing, free card decisions etc, all of which are all player related decisions.

Most poker rooms offer you the option to make notes on each players. Good players use these options and make notes, you should be too whenever you spot something that may help you make a decision on a later hand.

This is where Poker Tools comes in very useful as some of the tools will put the information on the table for you and you will be able to see clearly who the weak tight or loose passive players are and adjust your play accordingly.

Relevant Reading

When a read is not a read.

passive fest ? Hands against overly aggressive players

Playing the player -- a hand

Good tips from Ulysses and J.R on playing 6 max From a thread "those crazy partypoker 5-10 6-max tables " Full of great playing the player tips including some of the below:

JR stated one of the key essences of shorthanded poker "Its not a matter of playing a certain way as it is a matter of maintaining a flexible style that permits adaptation so you can fully exploit your opponents' weaknesses."

He then goes on to say of playing opponents: "If they fold frequently, raise; if they are real aggressive, induce them to bluff and check-raise them; if passive get free cards; if they always call, don't raise pre-flop as much and value bet but respect their raises; if they switch gears and play tight/aggressive, find a new game.

Ulysses elborated further: " Look for patterns. For example, this is a typical one (of many):

Bets the flop w/ one pair or better only. Will always call down to the river w/ a pair. Always check-raises the flop w/ a big hand. Never folds on the flop for one bet.

So, when I raise late w/ KQ or 88 and this guy checks to me on a A92r flop, I'm going to bet a lot less than I might against the guy whose pattern is limp/call w/ any two pre-flop, then check-fold if he misses the flop."

In another example Ulysses stated "You miss your flush draw and are left w/ Ten-high. Guy who never bets w/out top pair or better and always calls down bets the river. It's bad timing to fire out a river bluff raise here.

You miss your straight draw and are left w/ Ten-high. Guy who plays his flush draws aggressively like he played this hand but can also lay down a small pair bets the river. It's better timing to fire out a river bluff raise here. "



POLL: Variance and EV Interesting posts by Peter_Rus on LAG play

Facing extreme LAG out of position on him

Another blind situation against same LAG

TT against a LAG and an unknown

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