Texas 6 Plus Hold‘em

6 Plus Texas Hold'em Poker

Texas 6+ Hold'em (also known as Short-Deck Poker) is a community card poker game version of Texas Hold'em with a tiny twist; the 2 through 5 cards are excluded from the deck. At Spartan Poker, we strive to ride the trending tides. Whatever you see grossing high in the world of poker, you are sure to find it on Spartan Poker. Being India’s Largest Platform for online poker, we take immense pride in sharing our passion for the game of cards with you. One such game is the Texas 6+ Hold’em.


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What is Texas 6+ or Short Deck Poker?

It is a poker variation derived from the most popular game type – the Texas Hold’em. However, as the name suggests, this is a Short Deck version of the game. This No-Limit Poker game is played with a stripped-down deck.


The game is a fast, fun variation of the world-recognized Texas Hold’em format. Short Deck Hold’em originated in Asia a few years back and is gaining increased recognition in Europe.

Due to some recent star-studded High Roller events, the game is attracting growing interest in the USA and is now being played in Las Vegas.


All of the 2’s, 3’s, 4’s and 5’s are removed from the standard 52-card pack leaving a game where only 36 cards are used. This means the 6 is the lowest card….unless you use an Ace as the low card.


As in traditional Hold’em the Ace can be used as either a High or Low, but in the Short Deck version of the game it can also make up the low and high ends of a Straight.

As in:

• A 6 7 8 9 is classed as a Straight (in this example, the Ace is classed as a ‘5’)


While there are only a few differences in the value of a hand between the 2 formats of Hold’em, these are very significant and will prove costly if forgotten.


In Short Deck Hold’em

• A Flush beats a Full House

• Three of a Kind beats Straight



In regular Hold’em, players with suited hole cards have 9 cards in the deck from which to make a Flush. Playing the Short Deck game reduces this to 5 cards. This means a Flush is far harder to hit.



There is no doubting that Short Deck Hold’em (6+ Hold’em) is making waves in Poker communities across the globe, so why not taste the action by giving it a go? Who knows, this might just be the perfect variant to suit your playing style!


What to Expect at a Texas 6+ or Short Deck Table?

Those who are experienced in playing Texas Hold’em will know that the difference between these two is lesser number of cards in this game.


As you might imagine, the removal of low cards and use of the 36-card deck makes it more likely to make higher value hands, a change that tends to introduce more action.


  • You should adjust your thinking about relative hand values from what you are used to in regular Hold'em.

  • The smaller deck makes it easier to make twopair hands, which means a hand like top pairtop kicker is no longer as strong in Texas 6-plus Hold'em as it is in regular Hold'em.
  • Straights and Full Houses are also easier to make in regular version of the game.
  • The odds of hitting certain draws change, too, in Short Deck Poker.
  • Just to highlight one example, filling an openended 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.
  • The smaller deck also affects the likelihood of being dealt certain hands. You're more than twice as likely to get pocket aces in Short Deck Poker than you are in regular Hold'em!


Short Deck Poker introduces several exciting twists to traditional Texas Hold'em, creating an action-filled alternative that many players are finding especially enjoyable to play. The changes from regular Hold'em aren't terribly complicated, making it easier for new players to learn and play right away.


Texas 6+ or Short Deck Poker Game Stages

Short Deck Poker is played similarly to regular Hold'em. Each player receives two hole cards and uses them in combination with five community cards to create the best possible hand.


A game of short-deck poker features four streets of No Limit betting:

1. Pre-flop

2. Flop

3. Turn

4. River


Showdown of cards happens post betting on River, like in Texas Holdem or Omaha Games. 


Texas 6+ or Short Deck FAQs

How many cards make a deck in Texas 6+ or Short Deck Poker?

  • Texas 6+ uses a 36-card deck rather than the full 52-card deck.

  • All 2s to 5s are removed from the deck.


Does Three of a Kind beat a Straight?

Yes! Three of a Kind beats a Straight.


Does A,6,7,8,9 make a Straight?

Yes, as it’s a shorter version of the deck and Ace plays a role of a 5 making it a straight.


Is Flush higher than a Full House?

Yes! Flush beats Full House in this game variant.


Hand Ranking:

1. Royal Flush

2. Straight Flush

3. Four of a Kind

4. Flush

5. Full House

6. Three of a Kind

7. Straight

8. Two Pair

9. Pair

10. High Cards

Texas 6 Plus Hold‘em
The Gameplay: - Each player receives two hole cards. - There are three rounds of community cards (the Flop, Turn, and River) with a round of betting after each. - You can bet any amount of your stack at any time.
Texas 6 Plus Hold‘em
Short Deck Hold’em is an action game very similar to Texas Hold’em, except it’s played with a 36-card deck, with all of the 2s through 5s removed. This changes the math involved in the game and also the ranking of the hands. Therefore, it's important to k
Texas 6 Plus Hold‘em
BASIC RULES OF TEXAS 6+ HOLD’EM A 36-card deck (with all cards lower than a 6) is used in all 6+ Hold'em games, and it is shuffled before each hand is dealt. The player to the left of the dealer places the Small Blind. The player to the left of the player