Definition of shorthanded

The poker tables named shorthanded are the 6-player tables. These are usually cash games-player tables. Variant shorthanded is more popular in cash games although there are tournaments and sit’n’go type shorthanded. These tables will be more aggressive than the classic full ring tables because you will pay blinds more often. The rows that will be played at these tables will also be wider. You will see more bluffing in shorthanded. Good poker players will prefer shorthanded because they will be able to play more hands per hour than at full ring tables. Less experienced players will also make more mistakes at shorthanded tables than at full ring tables.

Shorthanded vs full ring

The debate is not new. Should you be playing shorthanded or full ring tables? If you're a tournament player, you won't have a choice since the majority of tournaments are offered in full ring. If you're a 12-player, it's up to you, it's a question of style. You can make more money in shorthanded, but you will also have more variance. The variance is lower in full ring. Everyone has his own variation according to his style.


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