Another day, another new game from PokerStars. How many other new games do they have cooking in their secret research laboratories hidden in the depths of Greenland? They recently unveiled 6+ Hold'em. It's not a new game per se, just a rebranding of short-deck popular. Short-deck is an insanely popular game among high stakes nosebleed regulars in Asia. It's slowly integrating itself into the mainstream poker world. All the big ballers in Europe play it. It's part of Poker Masters events in Vegas.
I still have no idea what Power Up is all about, but I loved Beat the Clock and wish they brought that back. Split Poker was a total snoozer bust. Showtime had so much potential and I actually played it. Too bad that never gained any steam among the cool influencers. Unfold Poker is one of those games that makes you think, "What the hell were they smoking that day in the lab?"
Instead of making up stuff in thin air, the game makers simply made an online version of a popular live game. That's the main reason why this one will stick around. Plus the gold dragons look bad ass against the red backdrop.
Here's what they are saying at Stars HQ. According to Chris Straghalis, Director of Poker Product at PokerStars, "6+ is an exciting poker variant that often produces big hands and a lot of action. While the format has proven popular with high stakes players, the range of stakes available on PokerStars and similarities to hold'em mean that it should appeal to those who may want to try a new game but don't want something too different. We're looking forward to seeing what people think."
The coolest and easiest aspect of 6+ Hold'em is the simple fact that you do not have to learn a whole new game. It's hold'em without the lowest cards in the deck with one main tweak about rankings. Flushes are rarer and become a premium and more valuable than a full house.
After getting into the rhythm of playing a few orbits, you realize how much more fun this version is compared to old school hold'em. Definitely speeds up the game but and creates a new wrinkle. You flop two pair more than you'd think and four-card straights. You have to figure out how far you're ahead or behind.
For more details, head over to PokerStars Blog.