It’s all the rage right now. With high-rollers such as Phil Ivey and Tom Dwan bringing this version of Texas Hold’em to the spotlight, we’ve decided to give the people what they want.
You can now play short deck hold’em on Pokerrrr. This is a fun and fast alternative to normal hold’em that is sure to get your heart-rate going!
What is Short Deck?
To play short deck, we simply remove the deuces, threes, fours, and fives from the deck. We now have a 36-card deck in which sixes are lowest. Because this deck is smaller, it juices up the action and changes the odds of hitting various hands.
One key difference is that a low straight in short deck is A-6-7-8-9.
To account for the new odds, we also need to change the hand rankings around a bit.
In short deck a flush beats a full house, and three of a kind beats a straight.
Why is that? Well, in short deck, there’s less of each suit, making a flush significantly harder to hit. Plus, because there are less numbers in the deck, that also makes straights much easier to find. Even though three of a kinds are more likely than in full deck hold’em, they’re still not as common as straights in short deck.
Here’s the full list of hand rankings:
Three of a Kind
Now go have some fun with this new poker variant! And stay tuned for new articles that will help you figure out the odds and strategy for short deck hold’em.