The new year has barely started and the GGPoker Network is about to host its third tournament series of the year. Players of all bankrolls can join the fray in the second edition of the Short Deck Series, which comes with more than $1.3 million in guaranteed prize pools.
The festival runs from 20th February to 27th February 2022, and the eight days include a total of 72 tournaments with buy-ins ranging from $52.50 to $10,300. Highlights of the schedule are the $525 Main Event and the $52.50 Mini Main Event, both set to conclude on the final day of the series.
Compared to the inaugural edition in 2021, which also represented the first-ever series entirely dedicated to the action-packed poker variant, the guarantees for both flagship events have been doubled. In total, there are four tournaments with a certain six-figure prize pool up for grabs.
Key details of the festival at a glance:
- February 20th to 27th, 2022
- More than $1,300,000 in guarantees
- $525 Bounty Main Event – $200,000 GTD
- $52.50 Bounty Mini-Main Event – $100,000 GTD
- 72 individual tournaments
- Average guaranteed prize pool: $18,875
Players wishing to join the action for the two marquee events have plenty of chances to do so. The $525 Main Event features 25 initial stages while the $52.50 Mini Main Event offers 32 initial stages. All those making it through will not only compete for the cash prizes but also juicy bounties, as the two tournaments are held in the progressive knockout format.
High Roller regulars can look forward to 20 events with a price tag of $1,050 and higher. This includes two editions of the $10,300 Super High Roller, both of which have a $100,000 guarantee and three stacks in play.
On the other side of the buy-in range, players on Asia’s leading online poker site Natural8 can jump into daily editions of the Short Deck Asia Special [3-Stack]. They cost $88 to enter and feature guarantees between $5,000 and $10,000 throughout the entire festival.
How does Short Deck work?
For poker players who have not played Short Deck poker yet, there are a few basic hints with regards to the game mechanics. This new up-and-coming variant, also known as “Six-Plus Hold ’em”, uses a deck with 36 cards. All deuces to fives are removed and one hand raking compared to the traditional No-Limit Hold’em changes.
Since the probability in general to hit a flush is lower, a flush beats a full house in Short Deck. Furthermore, the ace plays as both a low and a high card, thus a wheel is complete from ace to nine. The variant is filled with non-stop action also thanks to the fact that every player contributes an ante, while the player on the button pays a double ante.
If you fancy trying out Short Deck in cash games prior to jumping into the MTT’s, the GGPoker Network offers various stakes from as little as $0.02 ante up to $10 ante every hand. Players from all over the world can also compete in daily Short Deck cash game leaderboards, which has had the amount doubled to $10,000 for this special occasion.
The latest tournament series has already been deployed in the poker client and a complete overview of the schedule can be found on the Natural8 website.