How to Play
Short Deck Rules
Short Deck follows a similar format to Texas Hold’em, but with a few crucial differences! Most notably, cards below a 6 are removed, leaving a 36-card deck.
Our guide will quickly get you up to speed, and you’ll soon discover why the game is so popular with modern high-stakes pros!
How does a Short Deck hand play out?
- Unlike Texas Hold’em, no blinds are posted.
- Instead of blinds, all players must post an ante.
- To get the action going, the dealer (button) is required to post an additional button ante. This is usually the same value as the regular ante, although may differ.
- The player to the left of the dealer is first to act.
- The minimum pre-flop raise is double the button 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.
- The minimum post-flop bet is the value of the normal ante (the mandatory ante which all players committed before a hand was dealt.)
- 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.
- As with Texas Hold’em your best five cards play, however in Short Deck:
- Flush beats a full house
- A6789 is a straight (the Ace plays high or low, so TJQKA is also a straight)
- A6789 of same suit is a straight flush
For the full list of hand rankings, please click here.