This is a discussion on 6 or 9 player tables within the online poker forums, in the Tournament Poker section; When playing tournaments... which table size do youo prefer, 6 or 9 player tables?
And what strategy do you recomend in each table size?
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I prefer to play against 9 players on an MTT because the game is more tight. I confirm you have to play wider and more aggressive against 6 player. Above all, try to adapt to the playing styles of your opponents and try to target the player who makes too much mistake during the game.
I prefer table with 9, love MTT, in the initial phase I try to keep focus on the construction of the image, waiting for an opportunity to double my chips, you are right regarding aggressiveness in tables 6 players. gl friend
9-max tables is good for beginners, who love the neat pace of the game. The game at the 6-max table goes faster, more intensively and in a more aggressive style. At 6-max tables - it is necessary to quickly make decisions and play a wider range of hands. Therefore, I prefer to play at 9-max tables.
I like the new 8-max tables they have on Partypoker.
In my first few years of playing MTT's I always preferred 9-handed tables (same with cash game). Now it doesn't matter much to me. I like them both about the same.
I find on 6-handed tables it's easier to isolate the bad players.
I always look for 9 players table deep stack with 7 min blinds at least. my strategy is to play top the range hands aggressive but always pot controlling. the advantage in 9 players table is most of the time gonna have 1ou2 big fish that can make your life easier.
How many tables do pros play if 6 tabling? Can't imagine you can play that many tables at 6 max compared to 9 max. The issue is you cant find much 9 max cash games any more full ring online.
I used to prefer a full ring and you have to be able to get by like that in a tournament where the tables stay mostly full online ... but here, in cash games at least, where I play brick and mortar and, it's hard to find a full ring so it it's effectively 6 max anyhow, so this is what I have concentrated on trying to improve upon mostly.
In live tournaments here the tables are 10 seated although they are rarely full, I think they do that for late reg purposes but not entirely sure, although I feel there is less variance playing 9 handed, and probably a much better place to start for newer players .. as someone else mentioned you won't blind off as fast in a full ring, I guess people like the action on a 6 max more ....but I have never seen a shortage of full tables online in a tournament, at least until the tournament goes way deep.
As far as the pros you look at some players like Nathan Williams and he was playing like 24 tables at a time in micro cash games online haha that's kind of insane to me, most I will play without totally sucking, and not being able to keep up is 4 .... of course no pro here : ) that goes for tournaments for me too ... I just can't keep up with more
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I prefer 9 handed tables as there is a better chance of having a bad player at the table with 8 opponents instead of only 5. I would prefer larger tables if they had them. The fewer players at the table the more you need to wider your range pre flop and call or raise wider post flop.
I find it rather interesting, that 6-max has largely taken over online cash game poker, but online tournament players still seem to hang on to the more traditional 9-max or sometimes 8-max, which is just a small variation from 9-max. Sure poker sites offer 6-max tournaments, but these are not the most popular or plentiful.
Personally I actually think, the 6-max format has some great advantages for tournament play. A 6-max table play more hands per hour, and since you can get involved more, you get far more chances to actually play, before the blinds go up. In a 9-max tournament, sometimes you have been involved in like 3-4 hands, when you are already sitting on a push or fold stack.
For the same reason stacks tend to remain deeper in a 6-max tournament, which also leave more room to play and use skill edges. It is essentially the same as a slower structure without increasing the amount of time, which the tournament takes, and I personally find that brilliant. I do wish though, that the final table would start, when there are 9 players left. At that point it becomes awkward in my opinion, that the remaining players are still distributed on two tables.
When playing tournaments... which table size do youo prefer, 6 or 9 player tables?
And what strategy do you recomend in each table size?
I think that in smaller tables you need to play more agressive and more hands than in 9 player tables. The range of cards that you play in 6 player tables is wider... is that right?
any other advise?
It seems to me to be easier. The game there is more tight, that is, there are only strong hands. It is worth noting that 6-max tables are becoming increasingly popular for a number of reasons. If you do not have problems with playing on long tables, then their growth will be much smaller, and you will have to relearn under short tables. Of course, this is not very nice. 9-max, and then start learning 6-max.
Since all ranges - calls, 3-bets, blind protection - are much wider than in the 9-max, you play more hands against your opponents. So, if you play better in every situation, you earn more. It is precisely because of the wider ranges and, therefore, the greater number of controversial situations that distinguish strong players from medium and weak ones, in the 6-max you can earn more than in the 9-max. But to do this, of course, is very difficult. You will have to learn to understand all these controversial issues.
In MTTs I prefer 9-handed tables as I like to take my time in these and observe more.
But in STTs I prefer the 6-handed version and even turbo ones. I am more used to them meanwhile, although I started with 9-handed STTs. And in these 6-handed turbos you really have to open up your range and play more cards.
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