I was watching a tournament and was surprised by the outcome of this hand

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He wins the hand with a 9 high straight? So A-6-7-8-9? I thought ace could only be used in A2345 or TJQKA. Am I missing something?

  • feel free to leave an answer on your own question. looks like you have found the answer.
    – Clarko
    Commented Apr 27, 2020 at 19:14

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Turns out the game was shortdeck, which is played with a 36-card deck, meaning: all of the 2s through 5s removed. So if you ever see weird straights in a tournament stream, it's shortdeck (commonly abbreviated by SD)

  • And also keep an eye on the different ranking of hands in SD games
    – Z Gu
    Commented May 1, 2020 at 19:09
  • Good point, flushes scoring higher than full houses and a three of a kind higher than a straight
    – jlo
    Commented May 1, 2020 at 21:25

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