How to play
Many of the rules in Short Deck Hold’em are exactly the same as a No Limit Hold’em game.
- 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.
Playing Rounds in Texas 6+ Hold’em:
Players are handed their initial two hole cards during the Pre-flop phase, and they can either raise or call the blind size. This round continues until all players have either put equal wagers or folded their hands.
In order to call Pre-flop, players must complete their ante to match the size of the blind.
The pot is first established by forced bets placed by two players to the left of the dealer. Because these wagers are placed before the players can view their cards, they are referred to as Blinds. There are two types of blinds: Small and Big. The player to the left of the dealer places the Small Blind. The player to the left of the player who posted the Small Blind places a Big Blind. The Big Blind is usually worth twice as much as the Small Blind. The Blinds also rotate when the dealer shifts positions.
Three community cards are available for betting during the Flop Round. To build their poker hand, the players must utilize two hole cards and three community cards, as previously stated. Players now have access to three community cards, giving them a clearer understanding of their odds of winning.
One additional community card becomes available for betting in the Turn Round. Players now have four community card alternatives to choose from while constructing their poker hand.
The fifth and final community card is up for betting in the River Round. Players now have five community cards to choose from while constructing their poker hand.
In the showdown, all of the players at the poker table reveal their cards to one another. The winner is determined by the person who has the best poker hand.
With the 2s through 5s removed, however, there is a key hand ranking change:
Flush beats a Full House. Flushes are rarer, with just nine cards of each suit in the deck. So, the Flush ranks ahead of the Full House in all Short Deck variations.
There is an additional change: Three of a Kind beats a Straight. Straights are mathematically more common than Three of a Kind in short deck poker, so Three of a Kind beats a Straight in this version.
Aces can still be used to make the low and high end of a Straight, and so the lowest possible Straight is A-6-7-8-9 instead of A-2-3-4-5.
1. Royal Flush
2. Straight Flush
3. Four of a Kind
5. Full House
6. Three of a Kind
8. Two Pair
10. High Cards
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. At Spartan Poker, we have multiple options of game variants for you to choose from so you never get bored. So, check this game out now and who knows, it might just be the twist you were looking for in Poker!