6-Plus Hold’em is the new game being played in the highest stakes cash games in Asia. Phil Ivey & Tom Dwan get promoting, and Winfred Yu tells PokerNews that Poker King Club cardrooms will be opening in Korea and Vietnam by the year end.
Asia has a new form of poker.
If No-Limit Hold’em (NLHE) is a Cadillac, then 6-Plus Hold’em is the Millennium Falcon.
Take out the deuces, treys, fours and fives; turn aces into both aces and fives, and you get a short-decked game of poker that screams past your bank balance like a screaming bullet. Get Winfred Yu’s Poker King Club to lay on the tables, ask Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan to supply the craftsmanship, and high stakes gladiatorial games are back on the menu.
Speaking on an Asian Gaming YouTube video Phil Ivey said, “I love the game. There’s a lot of action, a lot of big pots, lots of skill and a lot of luck – it makes for a phenomenal game.”
Tom Dwan also made an appearance on the video, explaining, “In 6-Plus the game is a lot closer. Everyone has to be gambling more, thinking more, and trying to figure out what to do. You can’t be lazy and wait for a good hand, which makes for a more fun game.”
Back in the springtime, Poker King Club opened their new poker room at the Solaire Resort & Casino in Manila. The new cardroom is currently hosting the PokerStars Asia-Pacific Poker Tour (APPT) Manila, and Poker King Club CEO, Winfred Yu, talked recently with PokerNews’s Caitlyn Howe where he revealed that Dwan, Ivey and Daniel ‘Jungleman’ Cates are currently playing in a HK$20,000/$40,000/$80,000 cash game in Manila. He didn’t say whether the game was playing as a 6-Plus game, but said it was probably the biggest game in the world right now.
“The gaming industry is slowing down in Macau,” Yu told Howe, “So we need to cater for the needs of the Asians in perfect hotels and casinos, that are legitimate. That’s why we opened here, and you can see how great it is. We also have plans to expand into Vietnam and Korea later this year.”
What are you waiting for?
Include it in your Dealers Choice (DC) game today. It won’t be long before an online poker room is bringing it to their lobby as part of a recreational player model innovation.