Andrew Robl: "Short Deck makes No-Limit Hold'em look boring"
Andrew Robl has been on the poker scene for more than a decade. He has picked up over $5.3 million in live-action winnings and has several final table appearances to his credit. The Las Vegas resident has, like several other high rollers, found a renewed interest in the game, thanks to Short Deck Poker.
Short Deck poker has been around for several years but has been seen mostly in Asian poker rooms. However, it is now migrating to major tournaments as more poker players are showing a preference for the game over "normal" No-Limit Hold'em. It has already been seen as part of the lineup of the Triton and the Poker Masters series, among others, and continues to be added to more of the world's largest tournaments.
Robl found Short Deck about three years ago. Since then, he hasn't looked back. He explains in an interview with Poker Central, “I love it because there is no hand that’s a big favorite against another. This also makes it great for tournaments because there’s a lot of gambling in the game. Because many of the players in Asia have already played No Limit Hold’em in the past, I don’t think that they’ll come back to the game. I think that because of this there will only be more Short Deck tournaments in the future.”
While he enjoys Short Deck more, he's not giving up on the version that made him millions. He asserts, “Short Deck is definitely more fun and makes No Limit Hold’em look boring, but I still like playing regular No Limit as well. There’s more skill in No-Limit Hold’em, and I still enjoy playing both."