Short Deck Poker

Short Deck (6+); The Newest Hold'em Format That's Taken the Poker World by Storm

A "TEAM HOT" FAVOURITE

This exciting poker variant is enjoyed by both recreational players and high rollers alike, and perfect for players who love thrilling games of chance. Our very own Team Hot members Danny Tang, Michael Soyza and Thai Ha are undoubtedly fans of Short Deck, frequently seen battling it out in the Triton Poker Series tournaments.

EARN FISH BUFFET POINTS

You’ll also earn Fish Buffet points as you pay rake when playing Short Deck Poker, so go ahead and hit the tables now. Read on to find out why this game has been dubbed the "next big thing in poker"!

What's The Difference Between Short Deck & Texas Hold'em on Natural8?

Short Deck Hold’em (also known as 6+) is a poker variant very similar to Texas Hold’em, where everyone is dealt two cards and there are five community cards on the table. Like Texas Hold'em, players have to make the best hand to win.

However there are a few key differences:

Short Deck Hand Rankings

1) There are fewer cards.

All the 2's, 3's, 4's and 5's are removed, so the deck only has 36 cards instead of the usual 52.

2) Hand rankings change.

In Short Deck, a Flush beats a Full House. And because cards 2 through to 5 have been removed, you can make a straight using A-6-7-8-9.

3) There are only 5 seats at each table.

How does Short Deck work?

Pre-flop

Instead of blinds, all players must post an ante.

To start things off, the dealer (button) is required to post an additional button blind.

The player to the left of the dealer is first to act.

The minimum pre-flop raise is double the ante.

Flop

Three communal cards are dealt face up, starting the next round of betting.

As with pre-flop, the player to the left of the dealer is first to act.

Turn

A fourth shared card is added, followed by a further round of betting.

River

The final communal card is dealt, beginning the final round of betting.

Showdown

Players make hands using one or both of their hole cards and the five community cards to make the best hand, however in Short Deck,

Flush beats a full house

A-6-7-8-9 is a straight (the Ace plays high or low, so 10-J-Q-K-A is also a straight)

A-6-7-8-9 of same suit is a straight flush

Removal of Chips

Similar to All in or Fold, players are able to remove chips from the table once they build a big enough stack. In Short Deck, chips beyond 100 button blinds are able to be removed

Ante Example:

In a $1 ante game, the ante is $1 and the additional button blind is $1:

Players have the option to fold, call $1 or make a pre-flop raise (minimum $2).

Hitting the Short Deck Flush Jackpot

Not only that, every time you hit a Flush or higher, we'll reward you with the Short Deck Flush Jackpot!

Winning Hands:

Short Deck Flush

Flush

Short Deck Four Of A Kind

Four Of A Kind

Short Deck Straight Flush

Straight Flush

Short Deck Royal Flush

Royal Flush

Short Deck Flush Jackpot

Rules for Hitting the Flush Jackpot

    Commit at least 15 antes to the pot before making the jackpot hand.

    Use two hole cards to make the jackpot hand.

    Use a pocket pair to make a Four of a kind, jackpot hand.

As long as you have satisfied these conditions, you will hit the Jackpot, regardless of who wins the hand and even if you decide to fold.

More Short Deck Table Information

Stakes Ante / Button Blind Buy-ins Rake % Rake Cap
VIP $500 $25,000 - $50,000 5% 0.3 BB
$300 $15,000 - $30,000 0.33 BB
$200 $10,000 - $20,000 0.4 BB
$100 $5,000 - $10,000 0.6 BB
$50 $2,500 - $5,000 1 BB
High $10 $500 - $1,000 5% 1.5 BB
$5 $250 - $500
$2 $100 - $250
Middle $1 $50 - $100 5% 2 BB
$0.50 $25 - $50
$0.25 $12.50 - $25
Low $0.10 $5 - $10 5% 3 BB
$0.05 $2.50 - $5
$0.02 $1 - $2

*Rake is deducted when the pot amount is more than "(2 BTB) + (ante)*(Dealt Players count)"

*Currencies have been updated from CNY to USD as of June 1st 2020. Historical Short Deck data in CNY will be available in PokerCraft for up to 90days after June 1st 2020.

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