Do you know what games that professional poker players love the best? Yes, it is shorthanded games where there are fewer than six players at the table. The reason that poker pros like shorthanded games is that their edge is even greater than it would be in a full game.
Many poker players are really not very good at playing shorthanded. They are used to playing at a full table and they don’t change their game when there are fewer players at the table. The pros open up their game more while regular players do not and poker pros do well in a shorthanded game because less luck is involved.
In a shorthanded game the blinds come around much quicker and while the professional players realize this fact, average players oftentimes do not. To win at a shorthanded table, players have to change their game and professional players do this well. One of the biggest differences in a shorthanded game is starting hand requirements. Poker pros realize that many hands that were no good at a full table are now playable and vice versa. For example, suited connectors don’t do nearly as well in a shorthanded game because there is not as much money in the pot to make them pay off while big cards like KJ, A-10, Q-10, etc. do better than they would at a full table.
The bottom line is that poker pros know how to play at a shorthanded table while many average players do not.