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partypoker launches Short Deck Games

Tags: partypoker, short deck, Six Plus Holdem.
Posted on 28 March 2019 by "T".

According to a March 27 press release, partypoker has launched on their site the variant of Texas Hold'em called Short Deck, a cash game format quickly gaining popularity in today's poker scene, and it has become a favorite amongst high-stakes players.

Also called "Six Plus Hold'em", the format offers a unique and exciting variation on the conventional Texas Hold'em with only few vital differences. First of all, the game is played with a decreased deck of cards. All cards from 2 through 5 are removed, so there are 36 cards overall. Each player is dealt two cards face down and seeks to make the best five card poker hand from any combination of the seven cards. An Ace can either be used as high or low, making the low end of the straight ‘A-6-7-8-9', while ‘A-6-7-8-9' of the same suit subsequently becomes a straight flush. The other main difference sees a regular flush beat a full house in the order of hand rankings.

The game is available on 2-Max, 6-Max, 8-Max, and 9-Max tables and it compels every player to place an ante pre-flop, which results to bigger opening pots when compared to Texas Hold'em. For instance:

  • $100 buy-in at 6-Max Hold'em table with blinds of $0.50/$1, the pot money is at $1.50 prior to any voluntary money is placed into the pot.
  • For the same buy-in at 6-Max Shortdeck table, the amount rises to $7

Add to that the concept of a reduced deck, the game will usually be played with great intensity from the get go, and it also favors a loose-aggressive style of play, perfect for high-stakes players who love that extra adrenaline rush.

Of course we see other versions being offered everywhere, but right now only partypoker offers the exact same ‘Ante-Only' game used by the highly-popular Triton Poker Super High Roller Series, and they also follow the same set of rules, naming convention and blind structures.

Short deck poker became popular in the East Asian high-stakes cash game circuit. Big names in the poker world attracted the high stakes tour and so it is obvious that partypoker should offer the same exact excitement by offering Triton Poker's popular version of the game to its own online players.

Another nice feature to know is that partypoker is the only poker site that will allow players the choice to remove chips from the table once their stack reaches a certain amount, but still allow them to continue playing at that same table. The partial removal of funds is only applicable to its short deck tables. This is most likely the online poker operator's way of protecting players from losing too much cash at a time.

Players will be able to find these new games in the SHORTDECK ‘quick lobby' in the partypoker client and it can also be found within the main Cash Game lobby.

Just this month, team partypoker pro Timofey Kuznetsov won $1.8 million at the Triton Poker Series in Jeju, South Korea. He said, "SHORTDECK is the most action-packed poker game out there! Enough of boring waiting and folding, here you can play half the cards dealt in a cash game and still do just fine. I'm a big fan of the format (my ante is posted even while writing this), and can't wait to play my first hand on partypoker. See you at the tables!"

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19 comments on "partypoker launches Short Deck Games"

 shokaku28/03/2019 11:01:17 GMT
That did'nt take long. I always expected that this variant was making its way into the online market rather quickly. The antes will spice up the game, and in the short deck a lot of the duds are removed, so more players will try to have a shot at the pot. Bigger pots -> bigger rake.
 skyfall2328/03/2019 11:26:19 GMT

 bowie198428/03/2019 22:50:45 GMT
Yeah, I knew they are going to go after this market, I just knew it from the start. While I am not opposed to play the games this way, the flush-full house exchange kinda not making sense to me, as well as using ace as low, since there are no 'real' low cards in these decks.
 doubletop77729/03/2019 08:53:30 GMT
These short deck games are becoming more and more popular and it is no surprise to see Party Poker doing this. The way that this variant of the game is growing, i wouldnt be surprised if it overtook NLHE before long as the most popular
 dule-vu29/03/2019 11:02:09 GMT
cant say that I know much about this kind of poker and I never played it,but see some rules in this text!they remove lower cards and then you play with 36 cards only!this maybe will be popular for younger people and players!dont think that this is for me!
 CALICUL29/03/2019 11:43:53 GMT
It's an attractive game but i do not like that: The operator protects players from losing a lot of money. That means players play a lot and they do not lose much money but the operator wins commissions because time passes and they collect. The players will decide if this game will be successful for a long period of time or not.
 av196629/03/2019 14:33:03 GMT
hello my friends
That looks very good and very seductive for the players but I have a big problem Aww crap! party poker is still not avaiable in Portugal so I´M STILL CUT OFF Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!
Man there is a very long period of no Party poker and I really miss this poker room Sad Sad Sad
Let´s hope that the future brings good news
 Mober31/03/2019 11:13:40 GMT
Party poker seems to follow the trend by launching new poker games.
They are trying to keep the game to a certain level, by keeping players
happy and busy with new formats Smile
Everything to keep that rake coming to their pockets Smile
 dule-vu31/03/2019 14:18:12 GMT
Posted by av1966:
hello my friends
That looks very good and very seductive for the players but I have a big problem Aww crap! party poker is still not avaiable in Portugal so I'M STILL CUT OFF Aww crap! Aww crap! Aww crap!
Man there is a very long period of no Party poker and I really miss this poker room Sad Sad Sad
Let's hope that the future brings good news

you are not only member who cant play at party poker or some other site that have poker software!I dont have problem on any site,if you dont count bwin,but some other members also cant play on party poker and this is only beacuse of laws in your country and that site dont want to pay tax in your country!its sad,but thats how it is!
 Mober01/04/2019 12:47:09 GMT
The future will bring good news, if party poker decides to pay some money to portugal
\for all the licenses etc.
And if they are not seeing your country as a profitable one, dont expect them
to put their hand into their pockets to do so.
And again a fine example of politics Smile
 bowie198416/04/2019 23:19:49 GMT
Posted by Mober:
And if they are not seeing your country as a profitable one, dont expect them
to put their hand into their pockets to do so.
And again a fine example of politics Smile

The most profitable countries tend to be not the ones with the deepest wallets rather the ones with the most addicted gamblers. Sometimes that is why poorer countries fair better in marketshares.
 pajalnick17/04/2019 08:50:47 GMT
a short deck game is really interesting ... I once played it in some of the poker rooms for a long time ... now I don’t remember which one ... and somehow won the first place there ... Probably therefore I remember this as a good poker game ... then I haven’t come across this game for a long time, but now, as I see it, the game appears in many poker rooms
 damosk17/04/2019 09:33:06 GMT
I don't really like short deck poker but maybe that's because i didn't do very well the first time i played it! Not sure that I will be investing much of my time to this format though as I intend to focus my attention on developing my Omaha game....a game which is very interesting and really challenges the mind!
 Mober20/04/2019 11:02:43 GMT
I dont like this format either. So far i havent played any games with it. I have only watched
a few videos.
I would rather play the "normal" poker games that i dont like at all, like stud, than this one.
But when you are a poker professional degenerate Smile i guess it makes no difference
what game you play, as long as you have a few cards in front of you...
 pajalnick20/04/2019 12:18:38 GMT
a short deck poker game has its own specifics .... for example, the fact that the flush there is older than Full House ... leads some players into a stupor ... But if you have learned the rules of the short deck game well, then playing in such and such tournaments will not make any problems .... it becomes more interesting to play ... almost every hand has a good enough combination which is quite interesting
 shokaku20/04/2019 12:28:32 GMT
I guess a professional will not mind if he himself likes the game variant at hand, but more that the guys he wants to win money from like it. And as this game is popular in certan circles of guys with deep pockests, it will be payed.
 CALICUL20/04/2019 15:13:22 GMT
Every game has its rules but we can not easily remember these things. It's harder for us to understand that and for good players is not hard. We have the opportunity to learn and the only thing that prevents us is precious time. If we have time then we can learn.
 Mober21/04/2019 11:18:40 GMT
If you can not remember the rules of a pojer game, then do not play at all,
any of the games. It is not like rocket science. The rules are simple,
for each for the game. The game play and technique changes depending on
the format of the game.
The basics are the same for every game. Then all you have to do is read or hear about the
new rules once, and thats it Smile
 CALICUL21/04/2019 14:46:53 GMT
You have to do this only with the condition if you want to play that game. If you are interested in a game, you can learn, but if you are not, then there is no point to learn. There are some players who hate Texas Hold 'em Poker but they love other games.

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