Shorthanded Poker | Shorthanded Hold em

Playing Short Handed Online Poker

Playing Shorthanded Over the last year or so we’ve seen a big increase in the number of shorthanded games being played both at live poker clubs and at online poker websites. For those new to the subject, a shorthanded game is one in which the table is limited to 6 or less players.

Typically, most poker players only have to deal with the shorthanded game when they make it to the final stages of a larger tournament. But with the rising popularity of Sit And Go tournaments, a lot of players are now working on honing their shorthanded game. The fact is that shorthanded poker requires a very different strategy from traditional tournament poker. What’s the Attraction? Why the surge in shorthanded hold em? What does the game offer that’s so different from traditional forms of poker? Well, to start with, it’s a much higher action game. Because there are fewer players at the felt, you’re looking at a much higher number of hands being played per hour.

Playing shorthanded online poker is, therefore, almost as good a way of making money as any larger ring game. The way most games are configured means that the top three players get paid, with the third place finisher getting slightly more than their original stake back. For a decent poker player, this represents a much safer investment than a cash game.

How is the Game Different?

The shorthanded poker game is a lot faster than regular poker. This isn’t the sort of game where you can relax and watch it happen – a shorthanded hold em game will often be done in less than an hour, depending on starting stack size.

Typically, it’s also a far more aggressive game than regular tournament poker, and only slightly less brutal than heads up. Make no mistake, if you’re going to play shorthanded online poker, be ready for anything. Good Shorthanded Poker Strategy One of the best shorthanded hold em strategies is the semi-bluff, which you will often encounter. Learn this strategy and be ready to deploy it whenever anything looks likely. Here’s the concept of a semi-bluff: suppose you get a hand that you’d normally try to limp on – say, one decent card and a weak kicker. We’re talking about hands that will aren’t necessarily dynamite, but will improve down the line of the board is favorable. If the higher card was decent, you might in a normal game try to see a cheap flop. But in a shorthanded game, this is and hand that you bet aggressively.

There are many upsides to this strategy. First, with such a low number of players in the game, you stand a high chance of stealing the blinds. Secondly, it’s an effective strategy for weeding out the tight players – and identifying the loose ones. By this we mean that the tight players will fold out (exactly what we want) and the loose players will doggedly stay in. Semi-bluffing isn’t effective against loose players, but it can help you find out who they are, so that you can employ other strategies against them. If you find you’re at a table composed mostly of loose players, tighten up your game and wait until you’re in a cashing position before making any major moves.

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