US Poker Open to Return in 2019, Short Deck Tourneys Included

Two short deck poker events highlight the 2019 US Poker Open schedule. The 10-tournament series begins Feb. 13 at the PokerGo Studio in Las Vegas, Poker Central announced.

2019 US Poker Open

The 2019 US Poker Open series features a pair of short deck poker events. (Image: Poker Central)

As a result of winning two events at last year’s inaugural series, Stephen Chidwick was the overall series champion. Keith Tilston, however, won the $50,000 Main Event for $660,000.

The price of poker just went up. A Main Event buy-in now costs $100,000, which will probably create a larger prize pool but a smaller field.

Tilston outlasted just 32 other players, but still eight more entries than last month’s $100,000 Poker Masters finale. Fortunately, for those who don’t enjoy watching glorified multi-table sit n go’s, the upcoming US Poker Open features nine other lower buy-in events that will likely attract larger fields.

Short Deck Poker Comes to US Poker Open

Tom Dwan, Phil Ivey, and other high-stakes pros in Asia have advocated for more short deck poker tournaments. Only a few such events have been hosted in the US, with two more on the 2019 US Poker Open schedule.

The first (Event #4), on February 16, costs $10,000 to enter. Four days later, a $25,000 version of this semi-new poker game, kicks off.

Short deck poker, also called “six plus poker,” is similar to Texas hold’em except for a few significant differences. First off, the 2-5 cards are removed from the deck. Hand rankings also differ greatly. A royal flush, straight flush, and quads remain the three strongest hands. But a flush beats a full house and three-of-a-kind tops a straight in short deck.

Full Schedule

Short deck is one of three poker variants on the high roller series schedule. The remaining eight tournaments will feature no-limit hold’em and pot-limit Omaha.

2019 US Poker Open Schedule

February 13, Event #1: $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em

February 14, Event #2: $10,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

February 15, Event #3, $10,000 No-Limit Hold’em

February 16, Event #4, $10,000 Short Deck Hold’em

February 17, Event #5, $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em

February 18, Event #6, $25,000 Pot-Limit Omaha

February 19, Event #7, $25,000 No-Limit Hold’em

February 20, Event #8, $25,000 Short Deck Hold’em

February 21, Event #9, $50,000 No-Limit Hold’em

February 22, Event #10, $100,000 No-Limit Hold’em Main Event

Furthermore, the player who accumulates the most points throughout the series receives an additional $100,000 and a championship trophy. Chidwick most certainly will have a target on his back given he’s the defending champ. But almost every player in these difficult fields has the talent to win.

Poker fans can livestreams of the US Poker Open final tables on PokerGo. Additionally, edited versions of the series will air on NBC Sports Network at a later date.

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