Short Deck Poker

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


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.


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?


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.


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.


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


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


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).

More Short Deck Table Information

Stakes Ante / Button Blind Buy-ins Rake % Rake Cap (2~3) Rake Cap (4+)
VIP $500 $25,000 - $50,000 5% $75 $150
$300 $15,000 - $30,000 $50 $100
$200 $10,000 - $20,000 $40 $80
$100 $5,000 - $10,000 $30 $70
$50 $2,500 - $5,000 $25 $50
High $10 $500 - $1,000 5% $7.50 $15
$5 $250 - $500 $3.75 $7.50
$2 $100 - $200 $1.50 $3
Middle $1 $50 - $100 5% $1 $2
$0.50 $25 - $50 $0.50 $1
$0.25 $12.50 - $25 $0.25 $0.50
Low $0.10 $5 - $10 5% $0.15 $0.30
$0.05 $2.50 - $5 $0.08 $0.15
$0.02 $1 - $2 $0.03 $0.06

*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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