How to play HORSE poker (H.O.R.S.E)

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HORSE is a variant which has several variants. Said like that, it sounds complicated and indeed it is, to be a good player HORSE, he’ll take many hours of work and play this variant is actually an acronym, each letter corresponding to a variant played:

  • Hold’em
  • Omaha Hi / Lo
  • Razz
  • Stud Hi
  • Eight or better, which corresponds to Stud Hi / Lo.

There are many variations of «mixed» (HA, HOSE, etc.) but the HORSE is the most famous and most performed. HORSE is widely practiced in large parts of cash games, it minimizes the advantage of some players specialize in one variant and emphasize the versatility of the participants.

The alternatives being practiced very different from each other, this article will not repeat the rules of each variant. I invite you to visit the other pages of the site specific rules of each game.

HORSE is usually played at tables of eight players, the games of stud did not practice with more players. Incidentally, a little tip if you practice this variant in a poker room online. It is sometimes difficult to know which variant it is, and mistakes are common especially when the stud games unfold. In this case, please look at the top of the table window, it is usually written which variant is played during the current hand.

Operation updates

HORSE is always played in Limit (Fixed Limit), there are no parts in No Limit or Pot Limit. The limits established in the beginning, for example 2 / 4, are maintained for all games so there will be no auction changes when you switch from one variant to another.

Change of variants

There is a turn for each variant. The order in which different variants are played: Limit Hold’em, Omaha Hi / Lo Limit, Razz, 7 Card Stud, 7 Card Stud Hi / Lo. Once the tower 7 Card Stud Hi / Lo finished, we return to Limit Hold’em. In tournaments, it does not work but by round by round, a different variant is carried by round.


When passing games with blinds games with antes So Omaha Hi / Lo Razz, the button (dealer in English) is frozen, that is to say it stops moving. This prevents people jump the blinds or blinds not pay extra. When you spend 7 Card Stud Hi / Lo Limit Hold’em, the button starts to rotate.

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