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Mixed Poker Games


POKER Mixed Poker Games are usually a combination of 2 or more poker variants, which are played in the same game in a fixed sequence.  They are often represented in tournaments, where the contestants have to take part in each of the involved games.

This type of poker game is complicated because it requires each player to be proficient in each poker variant and make fast decisions, but it is also considered to be a judge of a poker player’s skills. There are a many mixed game types: Mixed games are commonly played in online tournaments as limit games, each game being played for both a fixed number of hands or time, and then a new game starts. Usually, there are restrictions about how much money can be in the pot in a fixed-limit game, the only exception is H.O. — which can be played with Texas Hold’em no limit and Omaha pot limit. The most notable variation of mixed poker games is H.O.R.S.E.; a variation which is a mix of Texas Hold’em, Omaha High/Low, Razz, Seven Card Stud and Seven Card Stud Eight or Better. Playing H.O.R.S.E. is a great way to practice different poker variations and the ability to play under pressure.

The most popular mixed games are listed below.

  • H.O.R.S.E. (Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo )
  • H.O.S.E. (Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo)
  • S.H.O.E. (7 Card Stud, Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo, 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo)
  • R.A.S.H. (Razz, Omaha, 7 Card Stud, Texas Hold’em)
  • H.A.R. (Texas Hold’em, Omaha, Razz)
  • H.A. (Texas Hold’em, Omaha)
  • H.O. (Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi/Lo)

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Online H.O.R.S.E.

Depending on the online poker room you play at or depending on the respective conventions at a brick-and-mortar casino, the poker variants are switched following various patterns. There is, for example, the so-called ‘Dealer’s Choice’ method where it is always the dealer (i.e. the player who sits in front of the dealer button) who may decide which variant to play next. Another possibility is that the variants are changed e.g. every 10 minutes or every 8 hands, according to the order of the letters in the mixed game’s name. It is not hard to imagine, that mixed games are very challenging since they require profound skills in every variant played. Only until a short time ago, many online poker rooms only offered mixed games at high limits while weaker players basically had no possibility of practising at lower limits. By now there are a number of online poker rooms which offer mixed games to give less experienced players the possibility of playing without having to put a lot of money at risk. If you would like to improve your strategy when playing mixed games, you can use one of the strategy programmes.

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H.O.R.S.E. WSOP Events

This poker variation was played at the WSOP for the first time in 2002, with a $2,000 buy-in. The event was won by John Hennigan, who took home a staggering $117,320 prize. A historical event in the poker world was the $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament at the 2006 WSOP, when the legendary poker pro Chip Reese won the event and a $1,716,000 prize for the first place. After Chip Reese died the next year, the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy was created in his honor and awarded for the first time to the winner of the 2008 $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. event — professional poker player Scotty Nguyen. Since 2010, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship event has been replaced by The Poker Player’s Championship, with the same buy-in of $50,000. The format of the game changed as well, the championship using an 8-game format, all played with a limit structure, and rotating until the final table is reached. 

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