# hand distribution in 6 max vs full ring

I have heard that the distribution in a 6 max game is similar to that of a 9 or 10 handed game where the extra players have folded. I am wondering how true that is.

Seems like there may be a higher probability of high cards in the remaining players hands and in the deck in the latter case since some players have folded. My assumption here is that if they (the players that folded) had a higher than normal amount of high cards, then it would be more likely that someone had opened.

• Possible duplicate of Are mucked and burnt cards significant in odds calculation? Apr 19, 2017 at 19:32
• The distribution does not change. A hole card is a down card. Folded cards are not exactly random and that is commonly referred to as card removal effect. In a larger game you have to opportunity for more folds. The link covers your question. Apr 19, 2017 at 19:35
• Just imagine a game with 26 Players, so all Cards are dealt out. Now assume that 20 players folded. Now you have your 6 players left. Do you think these hands are stronger than the first 6 hands dealt(which would be your 6 player game)? Apr 20, 2017 at 15:16
• i think there may be a higher probability of high cards in in the case where 20 players folded. but i don't know how to estimate that. Apr 20, 2017 at 17:36
• @RayofCommand i ran some old simulation code that indicates that if 13 of the players folded (17%) then the average rank (2-14) of the remaining cards is 8.29 vs 7.94 when anyone opens with a pair of sevens or better. Dec 6, 2021 at 0:18