A Short Deck Tournament Like No Other: Inaugural Jin Bei Cup Comes With $5m GTD

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Tom Dwan

Short deck fans — we have a date for your diary!

The three-day Jin Bei Cup festival takes place from May 7-9 at the Jin Bei Palace Hotel in Cambodia, and features a mix of No-Limit Hold’em and short deck across its three-event schedule.

It’s sure to attract some of the best short-deck players around, who are no doubt attracted to the $5,000,000 Main Event guarantee — one of the largest guarantees ever for a short deck tournament.

PokerNews will be there from the start, reporting on the $5,300 Single-Day NLHE on May 7 and both days of the $50,300 Short Deck Main Event on May 7 and 8.

Jin Bei Cup Main Event

The Jin Bei Cup Main Event is set to be one of the biggest short-deck tournaments ever. With a $50,300 buy-in, it’s sure to attract some of the best short-deck players around, and the $5,000,000 tournament guarantee will certainly help attract a healthy field.

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What’s more, the tournament is also guaranteeing the podium payouts:

  • First Place: $1,500,000
  • Second Place: $800,000
  • Third Place: $600,000

Late registration is open until the end of Day 1 (12 levels) or approximately 22:15 on May 8. At the end of Day 1, players will also have the opportunity to add-on their buy-in amount for an extra 600,000 chips

The Main Event as well as all other tournaments at the Jin Bei Cup will feature time extension cards. At the start of the tournament each player will receive eight time extension cards. If a player doe snot act within 30 seconds, they must use one of these cards. Once the final table is reached, each player will receive an additional five extension cards.

Jin Bei Palace Hotel Casino

Jin Bei Palace Hotel

The venue for the festival is the five-star luxury Jin Bei Palace Hotel, nestled in the main area of Sihanoukville, Cambodia. Sihanoukville, also known as “Kampong Som”, is a province in southwest Cambodia known for its beaches, tropical islands and the mangrove jungles of Ream National Park.

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With 192 rooms and suites, the hotel features three restaurants and two bars, along with a spa, gymnasium swimming pool and, of course, the Sky Casino.

Jin Bei Palace

What is Short Deck?

Short deck poker, also known as Six Plus Hold’em, is a variant of traditional Texas Hold’em with a smaller deck. In short deck poker, all cards lower than 6 are removed, leaving a 36-card deck.

This alteration significantly changes the game dynamics, as lower-ranking hands become more valuable and the probabilities of hitting certain hands shift.

Commonly played in high-stakes cash games and tournaments, short deck poker requires players to adjust their strategies, with a focus on aggressive play and adaptability due to the increased frequency of strong hands.

Full Jin Bei Cup Schedule

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