“We won’t have short deck at launch or soon after, but it’s definitely one of the games I’d be interested in adding,” Phil Galfond commented on Reddit when asked if there’s any plans to add Short Deck Poker.
It looks unlikely RIO will add this game any soon. The first phase will only see cash games. Tournaments and Sit & Go’s will be offered during Phase 2. After that, the poker room will certainly look at expanding into more popular formats—it will need to consider fast-fold poker (aka Zoom), lottery sit and gos (aka Spin and Go) as well as popular emerging formats like Short Deck. But it seems like its definitely on the radar.
Short Deck is expected to launch on PokerStars in the future. It recently went live on Americas Cardroom and is also spread on the iPoker network.