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 keep the odds in mind and to keep a note of the tips mentioned below.
Texas 6+ Hold’em Odds
Short Deck Hold'em's odds drastically modify the game and may put your intuitive understanding of Hold'em poker arithmetic to the test.
Is it fair to keep getting a Pair?
To begin with, you'll be able to play more starting hands since your two hole cards will be paired or linked more frequently. Any other pocket pair will come up twice as often as pocket aces. You'll play more hands and be involved in more multiway pots since super unconnected hands like 9-2 and J-4 are removed.
The Straight-way to heaven?
You'll also notice that you're drawing to a straight more frequently. You have a 19% probability of flopping an open-ended Straight draw in Short Deck Hold'em (compared to 10% in a full-deck game).
You'll also hit your outs more frequently with fewer cards in the deck. An open-ended Straight draw, for example, has a 45.5% probability of landing a straight by the river (vs. 31.5% in full-deck Hold'em).
As a result, you'll get more connectors, flop the open-ended draw almost twice as frequently, and hit paydirt for a Straight nearly half as often. Straights were intended to be less valuable in the original edition of Short Deck Hold’em because of this.
Three-of-a-Kind > Straight
In Short Deck Hold'em, Three-of-a-Kind occurs less frequently than a Straight, but still more frequently than in traditional Hold'em. If you're dealt a Pocket Pair, you'll hit a set on the flop around 17% of the time (vs 12% in a standard Hold'em game).
What about Flush?
You'll flop fewer Flush draws, and you'll hit them even less frequently. If you flop a Flush draw, you only have 5 outs and a 30% chance of hitting it by the River (as opposed to 9 outs and 35% in standard Hold'em). If you miss your Flush on the turn, your chances of hitting on the River are only 16.6% (compared to 19.5 percent in normal Hold'em).
3 Basic Tips for Short Deck Hold'em Strategy:
The correct Short Deck Hold'em strategy may conflict with your natural intuition due to mathematical differences. Here are a few basic pointers:
Note: These rules are general enough to apply to your Short Deck Poker games regardless of which hand rankings are used.
Tip #1: Play more suited hands and pocket pairs (and play them more aggressively)
Tip #2: Use the rule of 6 and 3 to estimate your odds.
Multiply your number of outs by 6 or 3 depending on the street to determine your odds of hitting a draw:
On the flop, multiply your number of outs by 6. For example, if you had an 8-out straight draw on the flop, you would multiply 8 by 6 to get roughly a 48% chance of hitting by the river.
On the turn, multiply your number of outs by 3. For example, if you had an 8-out straight draw on the turn, you would multiply 8 by 3 to get roughly a 24% chance of hitting on the river.
These percentages are almost identical to the real results of 45.5% and 26.6%, respectively. While you're still getting acclimated to the odds in Short Deck Hold'em, this rule might come in helpful.
Tip #3: Use your knowledge from traditional Hold’em
Short Deck is a unique game, but not so unique that you should abandon your standard No Limit Hold'em approach.
Many principles, such as playing loose on the button, defending your blind with a broad range, and 3-betting with a well-structured range, are still relevant. Although the precise ranges will vary, a thorough grasp of the No Limit Hold'em strategy will still be advantageous.
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