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If you're only playing one table, you can usually make more money per hour at a 6-max than at a 9-max at the same stakes because the game is faster (assuming you make the right adjustments to each game). Heads-up play is very different and requires a totally different strategy, not just minor adjustments, so you can be good at heads-up and bad at regular play, or vice versa.
Most online poker sites offer specialized tournaments with 8 players vs 9 players on a table, and some people have been advocating 8-max for live games as well. For 6 max, the difference is pretty clear - there's much more action due to the need to pay for blinds more often, and hands are played faster in general since there are only 6 players.
In a Texas Holdem 6-Max game, for example, a number below 25 can be considered reasonably tight. PR. A very simple stat, but useful as a measure of your opponents' aggression, it means Pre-Flop Raise % - how often someone raises before the flop. In other words, players with a high PR and low VP are likely tight-aggressive, high PR and high VP equals loose-aggressive and so on, but there's more.
Strategy for Different Poker Positions in 6-max There is much more that could be said about positions in general, but you should have a pretty good idea by now why they’re so important. In this next section, I will move on to discussing particular situations, trying to define a range of hands you should be playing when first in from every position.
And what I mean by that is they fail to realize how big of a bankroll you need to play NL10! To put it simply, a good winning poker player could quite conceivably lose 10 buyins, maybe even 15 or 20 at 10NL these days. Many people do not realize that this is actually standard variance even for a winning poker player as you move up the stakes.
Full Ring Versus 6-max Another important consideration with how many hands per hour you will get in online poker is if you are playing full ring or 6-max. Full ring (9 players) is a game that plays a fair bit slower than 6-max due to there being 3 more people at the table. Most poker sites display this information right in the lobby by the way.
The correct 6-max poker strategy is to play looser than you would in a full ring game (open 20% of hands) and make more bluffs and wider call downs. This means that in a 6-max game you should be playing a lot more speculative hands like suited connectors and suited aces as well. But the best 6-max poker strategy is still always dependent on what type of players are seated at your table.