How to Play

How to play Short Deck - Rules

Short Deck follows a similar format to Texas Hold’em, but with a few crucial differences! Most notably, cards below a 6 are removed, leaving a 36-card deck.

Our guide will quickly get you up to speed, and you’ll soon discover why the game is so popular with modern high-stakes pros!

How does a Short Deck hand play out? 


  • Unlike Texas Hold’em, no blinds are posted.
  • Instead of blinds, all players must post an ante.
  • To get the action going, the dealer (button) is required to post an additional button ante. This is usually the same value as the regular ante, although may differ.
  • The player to the left of the dealer is first to act.
  • The minimum pre-flop raise is double the button ante.


  • Three communal cards are dealt face up, starting the next round of betting.
  • As with pre-flop, the player to the left of the dealer is first to act.
  • The minimum post-flop bet is the value of the normal ante (the mandatory ante which all players committed before a hand was dealt.)


  • A fourth shared card is added, followed by a further round of betting.


  • The final communal card is dealt, beginning the final round of betting.


  • As with Texas Hold’em your best five cards play, however in Short Deck:
    • Flush beats a full house
    • A6789 is a straight (the Ace plays high or low, so TJQKA is also a straight)
    • A6789 of same suit is a straight flush 


Partial removal of funds

Unlike other cash game formats, Short Deck permits players to remove chips from the table once they build up a big enough stack. Players can then continue to play at the same table. partypoker will be the only operator to make a removal of funds feature available, exclusively for our Short Deck cash games. The removal rule is likely to be set at 400 x ante, with players able to remove 100 x ante.

Example: A player buys in to a $0.50 ante game for 100 x ante – a stack of $50. Once the player builds up a stack of $200 (400 x $0.50 Ante), they will be able to remove $50 (100 x $0.50) and carry on playing with $150.

Ante explanation


In a $1 ante game, the ante is $1 and the additional button ante is $1:

  • Players have the option to fold, call $1 or make a pre-flop raise (minimum $2).
  • The minimum post-flop bet is $1.