This is a discussion on 6 Person Tables vs. 9 Person Tables within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; Hello,
So my question is this : when playing at at 6 person table compared to 9 person table, should i loosen up my play
So my question is this : when playing at at 6 person table compared to 9 person table, should i loosen up my play a bit more because I am not playing with as many cards at the table or should my range stay the same? Thanks
I agree that you should loosen up your range at a 6-max vs. 9-max. 6-max tables basically eliminate early position and position is more important than almost any other factor. Also, in a 6-max the blinds are coming around much more often, making it harder to beat the game (especially at micro stakes) if you are too tight. Conversely, 9-handed tables mean you have to get through more villains from early position, so your hand strength and read on your opponents needs to be better. Gl out there!
As everyone has already stated you definitely have to loosen up at 6-max. Also 6-max is very aggression driven since blinds come around much quicker. While you should be an aggressive player at both table you should be even more so at a 6-max.
You should definitely widen your range while playing at 6-max table (doesn't matter your position at the table), but, you should also widen your range in late position while playing at a full ring table.
U need to open your range quite a bit as your hands are stronger against less players. I read in a poker books years ago. ( you'll see players playing kinda like maniacs and there actually playing correct at a 6 max table). Now I don't completely agree with that but definitely agree to open your range a lot.
You can relax your standards when there are fewer players. Some players like 9 and others prefer 6. While there are more players against you on 9, the pots can often be larger. 6 players are much faster to deal with.
I would say that as fewer people are at the table, as more aggressive you should play. Because playing aggressive gives you a (let's call it) "stable" chip income and if there are fewer people on the table, that means that the chips also are fewer (5 stacks), and being aggressive takes them faster than in a 9-people table (8 stacks)