Ever since the late Chip Reese won the inaugural HORSE event at the 2006 World Series of Poker, the multi-game poker variant has continued to gain in popularity among casual and professional players.
In fact, after Chip’s passing in 2007, the WSOP paid homage to the former champ by awarding the “David ‘Chip’ Reese Memorial Trophy” along with $50,000 to the H.O.R.S.E world championship winner. The mixed poker games has several layers and details to it and is why we created this guide to explain basic HORSE poker rules, how to play and some basic strategy and tips for those just learning.
The first thing you need to know about HORSE poker is what game formats are used. The mixed poker games test each player’s skill set in Texas Hold’Em, Omaha Hi, Razz, Stud High and Stud High-Low 8’s-or-better. For details on how to play each game, click the hyperlinked text on each.
Here is a HORSE cheat sheet to remember what is and isn’t active during each round:
|Game||Fixed Limit||Hole Cards||Community Cards||High Hand Ranking||Blinds and Dealer Button|
|Eights or Better||YES||YES||NO||NO||NO|
Yes, HORSE poker tournaments are offered both in land-based casinos like at the World Series of Poker and small satellites as well as at some online casinos.
Whether or not you win more playing HORSE poker is relative to what you’re comparing it up against. The one thing you do need to know is that unlike No Limit Texas Hold’em, the pots are fixed limit, so you can’t go all-in and shouldn’t slow play hands because of this. Each pot total is capped.