Whether you’re playing the hottest new game online or sticking to the tried-and-true, PokerStars School has all the winning strategies you need to boost your bankroll.

This week:

• 6+ Hold’em Spin & Go’s
• Playing bad aces in cash games

Getting into 6+ Hold’em Spin & Go’s

PokerStars introduced 6+ Hold’em Spin & Go’s just last week, mashing together an action format with an action game to create an all-new poker experience. New poker experiences mean the chance to learn new poker strategies, and that’s just what PokerStars School has been diving into this week.

6+ Hold’em Spin & Go’s have arrived at PokerStars

For players who have heard about 6+ Hold’em but don’t know much about the differences from standard Texas hold’em, the best place to start is the first look at 6+ Spin & Go’s by James Mackenzie from OP Poker. In this 10-minute video James runs through the game’s “button blind” structure and plays a 6+ Spin & Go so you can see the game in action for yourself. He also covers some spots that will feel familiar to regular hold’em players but actually work out quite differently when you calculate equities.

Another great resource is fellow OP Poker educator extraordinaire Nick Walsh’s recent 6+ Hold’em Spin & Go Twitch stream. Over the course of four hours he plays a big batch of 6+ Spins, giving you a chance to see not just the nuts and bolts of how the game works but also how some fo the players out there are approaching the game.

When to play bad aces in cash games

There’s still lots of money to be made playing no-limit hold’em cash games, especially if you’re a regular reader of Pete “Carroters” Clarke’s strategy articles. No fan of conventional wisdom, he’s an expert at shining a light into the places where you’ll find those profits.

Bad off-suit aces can still win you chips — if you play them right

“This week’s star of the show is one of the worst starting hands that avoids the category of ‘total trash,'” he writes this week. “While no one really has a story about a time they played 83o and won a big pot, off-suit aces do sometimes feature in eventful hands. Since the standard advice is: ‘don’t play bad off-suit aces,’ we shall focus on the rare exceptions where these hands should be played.”

When you’re stealing from the button and small blind, defending in the big blind against a small-blind raiser, completing from the small blind, or even playing in the cutoff seat at a tight table, bad off-suit aces can figure into a winning strategy — as long as you play them right.

Other PokerStars School content you might enjoy

• Promotion: Spin & Go 10
• Question of the Week: What would be your EPT Open Sochi final table strategy advice?
• Trip Report: My WSOP Event 32 Three Day Run, Part 2

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Jason has covered poker since 2005. He lives in Washington state with his wife and three dogs.

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