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H.O.R.S.E Poker Rules

Introduction to H.O.R.S.E

H.O.R.S.E is a mix game poker variant, with the letters which games are being played in the game. H.O.R.S.E consists of Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, Razz, Seven Card Stud High and Eight-or-better also known as Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo.

H.O.R.S.E quickly popular in many casinos poker rooms as it mixes different poker variants, reducing the edge one single player can have over the other players and making the game more diversified. It also encourages players that play different variants of poker to play a game together. When playing H.O.R.S.E each game is played one round, or orbit as it's called, and then switches to the next game in line. All the games in H.O.R.S.E are played as fixed limit games, which means that Omaha Hi/Lo and Texas Hold'em which is usually played in another format is also played in Fixed Limit.

H.O.R.S.E has become very popular in recent years, both live but especially online as well. The World Series of Poker now hosts H.O.R.S.E tournaments every year and many other tournament series worldwide have also integrated the format. Online poker sites such as Pokerstars and Full Tilt Poker are among the few online poker sites actually offering the game, but they also provide great action for players wanting to learn and play the game.

There are many other mix games similar to H.O.R.S.E, such as H.O.S.E, S.H.O.E, C.H.O.R.S.E, 8-game and 10 games. The other mix games have either eliminated or expanded the variants of poker involved in the game but is very similar to H.O.R.S.E.

To start to play H.O.R.S.E you will need to know the rules of all the variants as well as how the basic game play works. You can read that in the next chapter.

Basic Game Play and Game Rules

The basic game play of H.O.R.S.E depends on what game is being played. All the different games have different rules applying to them, some of the games are blind games and others don't use blinds, but uses the cards to determine who is forced to contribute to the pot and has to act first.

Common for all the games being played in H.O.R.S.E is that each variant lasts one round of play and then switches to the next variant in line. This means that on a 6-max table of H.O.R.S.E each variant get six hands of play, before switching to the next variant. All games are also played in Fixed Limit, no matter what the game is usually played in. This makes it easy for players to understand the betting structure throughout the game and also makes it easier for players to learn to play the game.

Igaming.org has all the explanations you could need about all of the games in H.O.R.S.E available, so if you click the link below to the game or games you want to learn more about, you will be taken to their rules and game play descriptions.


Omaha Hi/Lo


Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo

Eights-or-better - Also known as Seven Card Stud 

When you have read and understood how all of the above games work, you are now ready to play H.O.R.S.E online against other opponents.