We are going to spend some time looking at some Poker Strategies. Today’s – Short Deck Hold’em:

The beauty of poker is that each game has a variety of different ways to play it. Original games are still popular, but newer versions seem to be ever increasing in demand. Poker players are looking for a change in traditional games that offer more difficulty and lucrative betting options. 

Five Quick Tips For Short Deck Hold ’em

Having a short deck hold ’em strategy is going to be different from your regular poker game. This is because of the rule changes. The differences you will see are of rankings, cards used, and overall knowledge of the game. 

Five quick tips for short deck hold ’em are :

  1. Understand the rules
  2. Know the hand rankings 
  3. Look at your hand value 
  4. Search for the flush
  5. Create the best starting hand 

Understand The Rules

Short deck hold ’em will catch your attention with the change. You can tell by the word that “short” means that you will be playing fewer cards. The deck has been cut down to 36 total, with the cards being removed are all twos, threes, fours and fives.

“Six Plus Poker” is a nickname for this game, since the six is now your lowest card in the deck. Oddly enough, 10 players can still play this game even with the cut of the deck. 

Know The Hand Rankings 

If you are not careful, you will miss the card rankings. The best hand is still set at a royal flush, but other hands have been changed. The card rankings are as follows:

  1. Royal Flush
  2. Straight Flush
  3. Four of a Kind
  4. Flush *
  5. Full House
  6. Straight
  7. Three of a Kind
  8. Two Pair
  9. One Pair
  10. High card

Notice how the flush is now able to beat a full house. Since there are fewer cards being played, that particular hand is now more difficult to create. 

Aces are a little different because they can either be high or low. So, it can also be used in the place of a five to make your straights. 

Look At Your Hand Value

When playing short deck hold ’em, you are going to realize one thing: your hands are going to be better a lot more often than normal. More than likely, scenarios like being dealt pocket aces, will happen a lot more often compared to your regular hold ’em. 

Keeping all of this in mind, your opponents are going to have better hands as well. You should not be worried, but not more cautious because of this. You will have scenarios of when you need to be the aggressor and, of course, when you should fold. 

Search For The Flush

As noted above, flushes have had an increase in their betting value. Because there are fewer cards in the deck, you are now less likely to lose to a higher flush, so your hand becomes more attractive. 

Do not be afraid if you find yourself being dealt multiple suited cards, and then you see the flop turning in your favor because flushes are now an excellent hand to have. These hands have the power to take on the whole pot, so you need to be aware of not only your hand but also what your opponents could have if the flop is valuable. 

Create The Best Starting Hand

Do not let pocket pairs such as queens and jacks fool you. They do not have the same value as they once had in a regular hold ’em game. Aces and kings still are desirable, especially if you get three or four of a kind, but remember where you are in the game to decide. 

Suited hands, for example, to make flushes are hands that are excellent or starter hands. Since they have an increase in value, you will be better off going for them. So if you have weaker cards dealt to you at first, do not overlook them, especially if they are suited. 

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Rodney is currently the Content Manager and Director of Business Development at Knup Solutions. Rodney has lived and died by St. Louis Sports since a young ago. Also, Kansas Jayhawks basketball fan. Always down to have an intelligent, and controversially sports conversation. Host of Peoria Fantasy Focus, and has served as PA Announcer for Peoria Chiefs Baseball. Father of 3, youth baseball coach and President of the Youth Basketball Association.