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Today I am continuing on with my poker history articles that focus on a specific variation of poker.  Today the topic of choice is a brief overview and history of H.O.R.S.E. poker.  H.O.R.S.E. is a mix of five different styles of poker.  It encompasses Texas Hold’em, Omaha Eight or Better, Razz, Stud and Stud Eight or Better. 

Basically the game involves playing all five of the games listed above in a set rotation.  Games get switched up either on a set time limit, or whenever the dealer chip makes a full round.  H.O.R.S.E. is played entirely with pot limits, so that is also a factor when a player picks their strategies. 

This game has gotten a lot of attention in recent years because it showcases the best all-around poker player.  It emphasizes skill in all poker situations because you have to play so many styles in a short amount of time.  It also keeps you on your toes because things get changed up so frequently.  It’s hard to fall into a pattern or routine when the rules are changing so quickly.  A player who sticks to one style will be at a disadvantage considering the fact that they can only play their focused style once every 5 games.

It is clear that the popularity of H.O.R.S.E. is increasing with the inclusion of it in the World Series of Poker.  The main event was held with a buy-in of $50,000 and that limited the game to the best of the best in the poker world.  The tournament was met with a lot of excitement, people wanted to know who was the absolute best.  H.O.R.S.E. offers that opportunity.

If you want to see if you’re really the poker champ at your weekly game then set up a H.O.R.S.E. tournament and prove it to your buddies.  It will be an exciting way to brag up your chops and changing up the weekly game keeps things interesting for everyone.  H.O.R.S.E. looks like a lot of fun!