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Short Deck Cash is still all the rage over on partypoker!

partypoker has had Short Deck cash games on its site for over a year, and they're still as fun and exhilarating as they've ever been!

Featuring six-different buy-in levels, Short Deck is still enjoying a surge in popularity off the back of its inclusion on the Triton Super High Roller Series and at the World Series of Poker.

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Each table is played six-max with the cards from two to five of each suit removed to leave a deck of 36 cards.


Exploring Short Deck Hold'em

PokerNews has written a lengthy but very informative guide to Short Deck Hold'em, which you can read here which breaks down everything you need to know, including:

  • Basic game rules
  • Differences from No Limit Texas Hold'em
  • Odds and probabilities
  • Starting hands
  • Pre- and Post-flop play
  • Hand Reviews

Short Deck Advice

Learn the Hand Rankings

Short-deck poker is played often employing a different hand ranking system. Here are the hand rankings for short-deck poker:

Hand RankingHand NamePoker Hand
LowestHigh card{k-}{q-}{9-}{8-}{6-}
 One pair{k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{q-}{8-}{5-}
 Two pair{k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{6-Hearts}{6-Diamonds}{q-}
 Full house{k-Diamonds}{k-Spades}{k-Hearts}{6-Spades}{6-Diamonds}
 Straight flush{a-Diamonds}{6-Diamonds}{7-Diamonds}{8-Diamonds}{9-Diamonds}
HighestRoyal flush{10-Diamonds}{j-Diamonds}{q-Diamonds}{k-Diamonds}{a-Diamonds}

As you can see, following these alternate poker short deck hand rankings a three-of-a-kind beats a straight (instead of vice-versa), and a flush beats a full house (instead of vice-versa). These changes were introduced the because the removal of cards from the standard deck alter the probabilities of making certain hands.

Draws are More Likely

The smaller deck makes it easier to make two-pair hands, which means a hand like top pair-top kicker is no longer as strong in six-plus hold'em as it is in regular hold'em.

Straights and full houses are also easier to make in six-plus hold'em than in the regular version of the game (a reason for the alternate hand rankings).

The odds of hitting certain draws change, too, in short-deck poker. Just to highlight one example, filling an open-ended straight draw becomes more likely in short-deck poker.

While you're still looking for the same eight outs there are fewer total cards in the deck, thus increasing the percentage you'll make your straight.

Get Your Hands On Up To $30 Worth Of SPINS Tickets

Download partypoker via PokerNews, make your first-ever real money deposit, and enjoy up to $30 worth of and SPINS tickets.

Deposit $10 to receive $10 worth of free play, made up of:

  • Day 1 = 1 x $5 SPINS ticket + 5 x $0.25 SPINS tickets
  • Day 2 = 5 x $0.25 SPINS tickets
  • Day 4 = 5 x $0.25 SPINS tickets
  • Day 6 = 5 x $0.25 SPINS tickets

Up your initial deposit to $20 and $30 worth of free play is yours, made up of:

  • Day 1 = 1x $5 SPINS ticket + 5 x $1 SPINS tickets
  • Day 2 = 1 x $5 SPINS tickes + 5x $1 SPINS tickets
  • Day 4 = 4 x $1 SPINS tickets
  • Day 5 = 2 x $3 SPINS tickets

  • Short Deck Cash is still all the rage over on partypoker!

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Will Shillibier is based in the United Kingdom. He started working for PokerNews as a freelance live reporter in 2015 and joined the full-time staff in 2019. He graduated from the University of Kent in 2017 with a B.A. in German. He also holds an NCTJ Diploma in Sports Journalism.

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