Considering our site goes fairly in-depth into the specifics on how to play all the poker games that you can enjoy when playing H.O.R.S.E., you might as well go to the specific poker game you want to learn more about for more information regarding each poker game. Instead this article will look at the basics of H.O.R.S.E. for those players who are interested in mixed games.

What is H.O.R.S.E. ?

Playing HORSE Poker involves playing a mix of different poker games. H.O.R.S.E. for short, this game includes playing Hold’em, Omaha Hi, Razz, Stud, or Stud Eight or Better.

Being a mixed game, the rules are based on the poker variation that is played. When you’re playing HORSE mixed cash poker games, the game changes once the dealer’s button has done a full orbit. In tournaments, it works a bit differently , and the game changes at the end of every round, or after predetermined amount of time, so a new poker variant is usually played in much quicker succession.

It depends on the structure of the H.O.R.S.E though. For instance, when this poker variant was introduced to the World Series of Poker in 2006, the rules were such that the games were rotated after an hour, and once the action got to the final table, the games switched to no limit texas hold’em, and stayed like this until a winner was determined.

When playing H.O.R.S.E. online tournaments, what constitutes a round? Well, it basically refers to playing one hand of each game. After the end of each hand, the game switches to the next game. If it’s a predetermined period of time, it can be every hour, like is done in the WSOP Horse poker events, although online H.O.R.S.E. tourneys tend to switch games every 10-15 minutes or after each blind level.

It must be said that H.O.R.S.E. isn’t very popular among low stakes players. Although the game is more widely spread at high stakes both online and offline. I think the reason for this is that old school players prefer to play mixed poker games instead of just one poker variant since they probably think that due to the experience they have playing some of these other less commonly played games, it probably gives them an edge.

Also, someone who is a more well-rounded poker player is likely going to gravitate toward playing H.O.R.S.E. poker games. However, it can take some time to become fairly well rounded, since HORSE poker players are required to become proficient in five different poker games. Of course, becoming proficient in so many different poker games is not going to be an easy task, but the rewards will definitely be worth it for those who try and pursue it.

How to Learn Horse Poker

In order to truly master the game of H.O.R.S.E., you want to learn each game individually. To play H.O.R.S.E. at a winning level, you will need to become competent at most of the games. This involves learning the different rules of the poker games and gaining experience, and thanks to online poker sites that have added H.O.R.S.E. cash games and tournaments to their schedule, by sticking to the low stakes games, you can get this much needed education fairly inexpensively.

Most poker players would already be familiar with playing Hold’em which is usually the first game that is played in a H.O.R.S.E. tournament or cash game. With the popularity of Omaha poker games at an all time high, the vast majority of players are also familiar with this poker variant too, which really doesn’t play very different to Hold’em. So, if this is the case, it means that players with this knowledge would just need to learn the different forms of stud poker variants, including Razz, Stud, and Stud Eight or Better.

Many expert H.O.R.S.E. players say that the Hold’em should be more of a focus when trying to become proficient in H.O.R.S.E. since being the first game that is played, it provides an opportunity for the players to build up their chip stack. In tournaments, this is especially important, because the additional chips will make a big difference when it comes to playing the later stages of the tournament.

Finally, it should go without saying, you should stay focused on the game, otherwise you may make a rookie mistake thinking you’re playing a different poker game than the actual one that is being played.