how do you personally play in 6 player table cash games ? different than in full ring ? if yes explain please
Thanks for such a good question mate. As others mentioned before, we must be more active in a 6-MAX table because 1 out of 3 times we are paying blinds. At Full-Ring tables we are paying blinds 1 out of 6 times, for there are three more seats.
The 6-MAX game works entirely on our ability to steal and defend the blinds as much as possible, i.e, we are going to focus on how to play more from the BTN, SB and BB, not meaning that we should despise other positions.
As to my humble knowledge, the first principle of the 6-MAX Tables is to play in position versus weaker opponents. We have to carefully choose the table and the players sitting on our left and right side, which some professionals named “the Jesus seat”. On our right side we desire more loose and agressive players and on our left side we desire players to be more passive and tight, so when we are sitting in the positions of CO, BTN and SB we are allowed to steal blinds more often than usual.
General charts indicates that at a 6-MAX table we can play at maximum 15% range from UTG and even 50% range from BTN! Sometimes we are going to play even 99% range from SB, when it comes in fold to the SB and the player sitting in the BB isn’t defending the blinds as it should be defending, i.e, a NIT player, with a high percentage of fold to steal SB x BB.
But we cannot play that amount of hands as the range charts indicate, under the risk of getting too much exploited. So we must be creative and try to do our best, construct our own ranges given scenario, and always try to play versus known weaker opponents.