Poker is one of the most well known card games. There are computer games and online poker games available for everyone. These games make it easier for people, anywhere they may be, to learn an appreciate poker. These days, poker is so widespread that there are already so many variations of it available. Horse poker is one variation that is slowly getting its spot in the limelight. Horse poker is actually 5 types of poker in one. H.O.R.S.E poker actually means: H for Hold ‘em or Texas Hold ‘em, O for Omaha, R for Razz, S for Seven-card Study High and E mean Eight or better. This game is also known as mixed poker because of the mixture of poker variations.
Texas Hold ‘Em or the H in Horse poker is probably the most popular game available. A Player starts with 2 cards and the dealer puts down 5 more. The player with the best 5 card combination wins.
Omaha poker is where two people split the winnings, the hard with the highest and lowest cards. Razz is the R in horse and players receive 7 cards and the lowest or weakest hand wins the pot.
Seven-card stud is a game where players have 3 cards to begin and will end up with 7 cards. The player with the best 5 cards out of the 7 will win the money. The last letter in horse stands for Eight or better. It is the hardest to learn and understand and is a bit tricky. It is also a High-Low game where the pot is split but for this specific poker variation, there are qualifying rules for this. This game alone may need a different article.
Horse poker is usually played at big tournaments where the 5 games are played one after the other. The games can be changed after every round or after every hour of playing poker. This depends on the tournaments mechanics or what has been agreed upon by the poker players. Every time there is a game change, the dealer will announce the next game to everybody. This is so that none of the players gets mixed up and not understanding or knowing what game to they are playing.
In order to excel in horse poker, one has to master the 5 different types of poker first. Being good at only one type of poker game will not benefit the player. You have to be well rounded and very knowledgeable about all games in poker before joining any kind of horse tournament. This may be the most challenging game that poker can offer. Switching between games may be confusing for beginners but most experienced poker player’s transition between games with ease.