Short Deck Hold’em Hand Ranking Chart

Short Deck Hold’em Hand Ranking Chart & Key differences in the rules of 6+ Hold’em and No Limit Texas Hold’em

Short Deck hold’em (also known as 6+ Hold’em) is very similar to the popular card game Texas Hold’em, with a few minor but important differences:

  1. Instead of playing poker with a standard 52 card deck, cards 2’s to 5 are removed (that’s 16 cards, four of each rank)- leaving a deck of 36 cards
  2. A 6 7 8 9 is The lowest possible straight
  3. Flushes beat full houses
  4. Sets are hit more often
  5. The chances of being dealt pocket aces is twice as high as in Hold’em

In 6+ hold’em, an Ace can be high or low, as usual in poker games – but the next lowest card is a 6 (due to the new deck composition).

Straights in 6+ hold’em

The lowest possible straight hand (AKA ‘the wheel’) in short deck is A 6 7 8 9 (in Hold’em It’s A 2 3 4 5 ). A broadway straight is the same as in PLO / Hold’em : T J Q K A .

Hand rankings are slightly different from Hold’em

It’s very important to remember that in short-deck poker there are a few subtle rule differences that you need to remember:

  1. A flush beats a full house (due to the reduced mathematical probability of making a flush compared to a full house – from the reduced deck. With two suited hole cards in short-deck hold’em – a player has only 5 suited cards to make their flush, whereas in a 52-deck poker game (like hold’em or PLO) there would be nine flush cards in the deck.
  2. Sets are hit more frequently.
  3. The chance of being dealt pocket aces is twice as high

Short-Deck Poker – Hand Rankings Chart

  1. Royal flush
    T J Q K A
    The best possible hand in poker – a Royal Flush is made up of the top five ranked cards – suited, and in consecutive order.
  2. Straight Flush
    3 4 5 6 7
    The second best hand in short-deck poker – a straight flush consists of 5 consecutive cards of the same suit.
  3. Four of a Kind (AKA “poker”, “quads”)
    A A A A K
    “Poker” or “Quads” is four cards of the same rank.
  4. Flush
    8 A 9 T K
    A combination of  five cards of the same suit.
  5. Full House
    A A A K K
    A poker hand of a pair and a 3 of a kind combined. Also known as a”Full Boat”.
  6. Straight
    4 5 6 7 8
    A straight is a run of five consecutive cards – not all suited
  7. 3 of a kind
    2 2 2 9 7
    As the name implies, three of a kind involves having three cards of the same rank, and any two non paired cards. Three of a kind should not be confused with “trips”  – which is when one card from your hole-cards is used to make a 3-of a kind in combination with 2 board-cards (effectively there is no difference).
  8. Two Pair
    K K J J 2
    2 pairs of cards of the same rank with any additional “kicker” card.
  9. Pair
    K K 4 9 3
    two cards of matching rank and any other three cards
  10. High Card
    A 7 8 9 6
    The highest ranked card in your hand – in this case the Ace of spades

Note: This poker chart is printable.