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The Short Deck Series is back on Natural8!
The popular series will run from 20th February until 27th February 2022. There will be more than $1,000,000 in guaranteed prize pools spread across 72 tournaments, with buy-ins that range from $52.50 to $10,300. With such a wide range of buy-ins, players of all bankrolls will be able to take part in the series.
The highlights of the series are the popular $525 Bounty Main Event that comes with $200,000 GTD and the $52.50 Bounty Mini Main Event that comes with $100,000 GTD. There will be multiple Stage 1s for both tournaments. In fact, for the $525 Main Event, there will be 25 Stage 1s, whereas, for the $52.50 Mini Main Event, there will be 32 Stage 1s. To sweeten the pot, since the two tournaments are held in the progressive knockout format, players will not only be competing for the cash prizes but also for the bounties.
High rollers can also look forward to the series, as there will be 20 events with a buy-in of $1,050 and higher. This includes the two $10,300 Super High Roller tournaments, both of which come with $100,000 in guarantees and three stacks in play.
For Natural8 players, there will also be daily Short Deck Asia Special [3-stack] that comes with a $20,000 GTD. In the Short Deck Asia Special, players have the option to start the tournament with 3 chip stacks or keep them in reserve to be used at a later stage of the tournament.
How Does Short Deck Work?
For those new to the Short Deck-style game and who wish to try it out, Short Deck is a poker variant that is very similar to the classic Texas Hold’em. Everyone is dealt two cards, and there are five community cards on the table where players have to make the best hand to win.
There are, however, a few key differences. In Short Deck, the cards 2 to 5 are removed, so the deck only has 36 cards instead of the usual 52. Since cards 2 to 5 have been removed, players can make a straight using A-6-7-8-9. Furthermore, the probability of hitting a Flush also becomes lower. Hence, in Short Deck, a Flush always beats a Full House.
Why Play Short Deck?
For players who are looking for something new and exciting, the Short Deck will definitely give you a run of your money. After all, what used to be a certain win may not be that certain in this poker variant.
Since the smaller deck changes the possibilities of certain hands being made, this means that, to win, players will need stronger postflop hands than what they usually need in a classic Texas Hold’em game. Not to mention, the smaller deck also means that the possibility of a player being dealt pocket Aces is twice as high, as well as the possibility of making a set. Therefore, players will have to always be on alert even when they think they have a good hand.
Natural8 is Asia’s largest online poker room that is geared towards recreational players. A skin on the reputable GGPoker Network, Natural8 is fully licensed and authorized. Anyone can join for free, and there are no hidden fees. On top of the $120 million guaranteed prize pool for tournaments every month, Natural8 also offers players extra incentives in the form of monthly promotions and cashback programs.