HORSE (H.O.R.S.E.) is a mixed poker format where people play by turns in Hold'em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, 7 Card Stud and 7 Card Stud Hi/Lo.
H.O.R.S.E. is the most popular mixed game. 2006 became a significant breakthrough period for H.O.R.S.E. because it was added to the list of WSOP Events with 50 000$ buy-ins for the first time. Since then it is included in the list of mandatory WSOP Events and also WCOOP.
The order of games in H.O.R.S.E.:
H – Holdem (fix-limit)
O – Omaha Hi-Lo
R – Razz (7 Card Stud Low)
S – 7-Card Stud (7 Card Stud High)
E - 7-Card Stud Hi-Lo (eight or better)
HORSE game rules
- The order of games in live poker can be changed depending on the casino rules or an agreement between players.
- The order of games in H.O.R.S.E. tournaments must be approved before the first hand starts.
- In the games without dealer/button position (for example Stud), the button continues to move from player to player after each hand in order to monitor the number of hands played.
- Sometimes the game type can be changed after each hand. In other cases, it may occur after a certain period of time. Most often, each of the disciplines is played during one circle.
- All the HORSE disciplines are played in a fix-limit format. There are no No-Limit or Pot-Limit games in this play.
Why is it worth trying to play HORSE?
HORSE is a great way to develop your game skill in different poker variations and get away from one format monotony. But first, we recommend you to look through the rules of each game separately and then try to practice in HORSE.