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Play Short Deck Poker Online (6+ Hold’em)

This exciting poker variant is popular amongst the high stakes players due to its high variance and is perfect for players who love thrilling games of chance. With only 36 cards in the deck, the game becomes quicker in pace and more brutal. Some would even argue that Short Deck is a more fun variation compared to regular Texas Hold’em.

Create your free Natural8 account, claim your welcome bonuses, and start playing Short Deck Poker online!

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Short Deck Poker Games at Natural8

Short Deck Hold’em originated in Asia and as Asia’s largest online poker room, Natural8 is proud to host a variety of Short Deck poker games that cater to all bankrolls with buy-ins starting as low as $1. The rules of the game are very similar to Texas Hold’em with just a few key differences. So it’s safe to say that it’s an easy game to pick up if you haven’t tried it but are familiar with the classic Texas Hold’em.

Short Deck aka 6+ Hold’em is given its name because the game uses a 36-card deck with only cards ranked 6 and above remaining.

Exclusive Features & Promotions

Elevate your online poker experience when you play poker at Natural8. We pride ourselves on offering a safe, fair, and fun gaming environment for our players. Our poker games are powered by cutting-edge technology, ensuring a seamless and immersive experience every time. Plus, with our generous promotions and bonuses, you'll have even more opportunities to boost your bankroll and take your game to the next level.

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Play Short Deck Poker Risk-Free With Play Money

Looking to test your skills and strategies without risking any real money? Natural8's Play Money tables are the perfect way to do just that. Play Money are free chips that can only be used on Play Money tables where blinds are displayed with a ‘P’. As an existing player, you can claim up to P10,000 every four hours to keep the fun going. And for new players, you'll start with a generous P20,000 to play with.

Just remember that Play Money has no cash value and cannot be used in conjunction with real currency or tickets. But with plenty of opportunities to practise and improve, Play Money is a great way to prepare for the real deal.

Additional Information:

  • Existing players can claim/recharge up to P10,000 every four hours, up to a maximum of two times daily. (Newly signed-up players will receive P20,000 to start)

  • Play Money has no cash value and cannot be used in conjunction with cash, C$, T$ or any other currency or ticket.

  • Some features may not be available on Play Money tables.

  • Play Money eligibility is subject to the terms and conditions of the player’s jurisdiction.

Short Deck Table Information

Stakes Button Blind Ante Min Buy-in Max Buy-in Remove Chips Stack Rake % Rake Cap ($/BB)
2 players 3 players 4 players 5+ players
VIP $1,000 $1,000 $100,000 $200,000 $100,000 5% 0.06BB 0.13BB 0.19BB 0.25BB
$500 $500 $50,000 $100,000 $50,000 5% 0.08BB 0.15BB 0.23BB 0.3BB
$500 $500 $20,000 $50,000 $20,000 5% 0.08BB 0.15BB 0.23BB 0.3BB
$300 $300 $30,000 $60,000 $30,000 5% 0.08BB 0.17BB 0.25BB 0.33BB
$300 $300 $12,000 $30,000 $12,000 5% 0.08BB 0.17BB 0.25BB 0.33BB
High $200 $200 $20,000 $40,000 $20,000 5% 0.1BB 0.2BB 0.3BB 0.4BB
$200 $200 $8,000 $20,000 $8,000 5% 0.1BB 0.2BB 0.3BB 0.4BB
$100 $100 $10,000 $20,000 $10,000 5% 0.15BB 0.3BB 0.45BB 0.6BB
$100 $100 $4,000 $10,000 $4,000 5% 0.15BB 0.3BB 0.45BB 0.6BB
$50 $50 $5,000 $10,000 $5,000 5% 0.25BB 0.5BB 0.75BB 1BB
$50 $50 $2,000 $5,000 $2,000 5% 0.25BB 0.5BB 0.75BB 1BB
$10 $10 $400 $1,000 $400 5% 0.38BB 0.75BB 1.13BB 1.5BB
$5 $5 $200 $500 $200 5% 0.38BB 0.75BB 1.13BB 1.5BB
$2 $2 $80 $200 $80 5% 0.38BB 0.75BB 1.13BB 1.5BB
Middle $1 $1 $40 $100 $40 5% $0.50 $1 $1.50 $2
$0.50 $1 $20 $50 $20 5% $0.25 $0.50 $0.75 $1
$0.25 $0.25 $10 $25 $10 5% $0.13 $0.25 $0.38 $0.50
Low $0.10 $0.10 $4 $10 $4 5% $0.08 $0.15 $0.23 $0.30
$0.05 $0.05 $2 $5 $2 5% $0.04 $0.08 $0.11 $0.15
$0.02 $0.02 $0.80 $2 $1 5% $0.02 $0.03 $0.05 $0.06
Play Money
Table Name Blinds (Ante) Buy-in Max Players Rake Rake Cap (BB)
SDP Green P200 (P200) P5,000 ~ P20,000 5 5% 3
SDP Cream P100 (P100) P2,500 ~ P10,000 5 5% 3

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

*All Short Deck tables are 5-max, meaning there are a maximum of 5 players per table.

Learn How To Play Short Deck Poker

New to the game? We’ve got you covered from the basics such as poker hand rankings, all the way to more advanced strategies. Our Poker School is specially designed to suit poker players of all levels.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

If you need more assistance, feel free to contact our friendly support staff who are ready to assist you 24/7.

What is the minimum and maximum number of players at a Short Deck Hold’em table?

The minimum number of players at a table is 2 and the maximum is 6.

Can I remove chips from the table?

Yes, you may do so when you have built a big enough stack. For Short Deck tables, chips beyond 40 button blinds can be removed.

What are buy-ins?

Buy-ins refer to the amount of money you have to use to buy into the game. There are different buy-in levels on Natural8, so you can choose the one you are most comfortable with.

What is rake?

Rake is a commission fee taken by a poker room for operating the game. Rake is common in the industry and generally equals 5-10% of the pot in each hand.

Can I straddle in a Short Deck game?

No, there’s no option to straddle in a Short Deck game.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Players must be aged 18 and above to participate in this promotion.
  2. This game uses 1 deck of 36 cards and the deck is shuffled after each hand.
  3. Amount committed to the pot will still be in play in the event of a disconnection. Natural8 players accept the risk of internet disconnection, due to problems with the connection between their device(s) and the servers, lag or freeze or some other problem in the player’s device(s) or how that device accesses the internet.
  4. This promotion is subject to the terms and conditions of the Natural8 website.
  5. Natural8 is an advocate of safer gambling. If you feel you might have an online gambling problem, do seek further advice or counseling at

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