This is a discussion on 8 Max vs Full Ring within the online poker forums, in the Learning Poker section; I have played both and I have no understanding of the difference when playing hold em. I have won and moneyed in both. Can someone
A 8-max table is just like a 9 max table with a vacant seat, or where UTG has folded. So 8-max is not a "special situation". Its just a variation of the theme ring games. The only truly special situation is heads up, because then SB has position on BB postflop. As for why some tournaments run in the 8-max format, I guess, its an attempt to speed up action a little, without going as far as making it a 6-max game. And personally I like 8-max, but its not like, it makes a huge difference, if a tournament is played 9-handed or 8-handed.
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I agree with you guys -- I'm not sure why 8-max became such a thing. It's a fine format, but doesn't seem different enough from 9-handed play to justify making a big distinction from 9-man. Full ring and 6-max have it covered