This is a discussion on cash game table 6 or 9 player within the online poker forums, in the Cash Games section; at the cash game do you like to play at a table of 6 or 9 players? and for what reasons?
for my part I prefer
I used to prefer 9 because of lack of variance. It's more "math based" too, and I like that. Position matters a lot and diminishes "playing the player". But as I've gotten better, I sort of prefer playing the player. And it's a lot less boring -- you have to fold almost everything UTG and UTG+1 in 9 max.
I prefer to play at 9-max tables. 9-max is good for beginners, who love the neat pace of the game. The tight-aggressive game is not suitable for 6-max tables. The game at the 6-max table goes faster, more intensively and in a more aggressive style, than at the 9-max table.
I'll agree, 6 players is much easier to manage than 9 players. However, I feel like you can get more value from your bigger hands out of a 9 player table than you can from a 6 player table. If there are no Ante's involved, you get more time to pick up a big hand between blinds, so for that reason 9 players is good. But, you also have to bare in mind that a raise from an early position with a decent hand could easily get re-raised and it definitely does suck to have to fold a shove from this position. That being said, maybe don't raise from an early position with a semi-big hand xD.
Overall though i probably would opt for a 6 player table just because it is less stressful than playing against a large amount of players simultaneously.
At the tables for 6 players it is easier for you to use a bluff. Therefore, you manage to control the opponents easier. On a table with 9 players, the probability of a good card falling to someone of the players is greater. This means that the probability of a response to a bluff increases.
I prefer 6 max cash games, I think the small table makes for great dynamics. Almost every seat has a action packed range, there's lots of post flop play if you get into a good table and its the easiest place to find volume once you get to a higher level.
With that being said it's possible that the 6 max pool is a little stronger as the smaller table makes it much easier to lose your money fast so that might also be a downside.
I like 6-MAX better because there are more chances to win, there are outs for the nuts ... There are fewer players, more cards in the deck, and players in 9-MAX and 6-MAX are the same, there and there are regulars and fish . So play 6-MAX for a more likely victory. There you can really climb.
Tuning usually starts with 9er tables and stays that way for a long time. With them I have the problem that there are too many others who could have a better hand than me. With 6s it is possible to play weaker hands and I have to watch fewer players.
I personally like to play at 6 player tables as opposed to 9 players. My main reason for this is the game is easier to follow, you can get a feel for those your playing against and sometimes read them by how they are playing. the more players the harder it is to do that. also the more players your playing against at one time, the more of a chance of getting out drawn.