Poker Rules

HORSE Poker

Poker is a vibrant game. You can play No Limit or Pot Limit. There is Stud, Omaha, Holdem, Razz. There is 8 or better or Hi/Lo variations. Now, a game of Badugi was introduced and has instantly became very popular with different variations appearing. But have you ever heard about H.O.R.S.E. and wonder what kind of game it is? It's even no surprise if you did not find the rules of H.O.R.S.E. as it is not s separate poker game like Holdem or Stud. It is usually a separate tournament at live poker events like World Series of Poker that is based on 5 different poker games played one at a time.

H.O.R.S.E.

To many poker beginners trying to learn new poker games the name H.O.R.S.E. may seem entertaining for a poker game but rather misdirecting. But actually its name is all you need to understand what kind of poker format this is. Let's break it down:

HHold'em
OOmaha
RRazz
SSeven Card Stud high
ESeven Card stud high-low 8 or better

You might wonder about the last one – Seven Card Stud High-Low but it is simply because it is a Eight or better variation of this poker game. When you look at it, it is generally two types of games involved in Horse – Hold'em and Stud.

Holdem and Omaha have one major difference. In Hold'em you get to start with Two cards while in Omaha you start with four. The same is with Razz and Seven Card Stud Poker. These are pretty much the same games although in Razz there is no Hi/Lo Split so the weakest combination wins.

If you want to learn to play more online poker games, in particular H.O.R.S.E. You should be looking to master the games separately. Learning the rules and moving to the next one will be much harder so try to start with free poker games like play money poker and real money freerolls.

When you feel a bit more advanced in these poker games, you can search for full H.O.R.S.E. Events that are available online. However, only the largest poker sites on the planet offer this, there are even H.O.R.S.E. Freerolls held regularly. After you knock these, we are looking forward to see you at big poker festivals that always hold a H.O.R.S.E. Event whether it is Pokerstars WCOOP, SCOOP or biggest live events such as WSOP.

In fact, World Series of Poker introduced this format tournament in 2006 with an incredible Buy-in - $50.000 (Main Event is a $10.000 No Limit Hold'em). Obviously, $50.000 buy-in to a Mixed game attracted mostly the long-time pros so very soon this event has become as prestigious as the Main Event. Moreover, many players agree that whoever wins it can call himself the best overall tournament player. Recent winner Michael Mizrachi has done it twice already – 2010 and 2012.

H.O.R.S.E. Structure

Once you sit down at the H.O.R.S.E. Poker game, the games will start rotating. But online poker site, live poker event and other factors determine what kind of rotation takes place. Five games can be changed every time the dealer button competes a round.
Also, in tournaments H.O.R.S.E. games may be changed every hour or any other time. In WSOP $50.000 H.O.R.S.E Event or what is now called Poker Players' Championship there are hour-long rounds and players are eliminated until the Final Table is left. After that, players play Hold'em until the winner is determined. There is also a H.O.S.E. variation available simply without Razz.

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