The game of HORSE (which has nothing to do with the basketball game), came to be after poker professionals, who became tired and bored of the same old games and amateur play, needed some good action that would test their skill and agility.
HORSE is a mixture of five very different forms of poker. The word HORSE is an acronym for these five games: Texas Hold ‘em, Omaha, Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Seven-Card Stud Eight or Better (a.k.a. Seven-Card Stud Hi/Lo). In order to succeed in HORSE, a player has to be successful and familiar with all of these games individually. Because you mustn’t be less-than-great at any one of these games to play HORSE, there are very few amateurs who play this game, and there is little room for luck. This game is all about poker skills.
In a HORSE game or tournament, players rotate through the games, playing hands of one game for a set time period, until a blind limit is reached, or after a the dealer button has rotated completely around the table. Then the players move on to the next variation. Only the best player will be left standing.
There is not much strategy here, outside of the fact that you must be a top player of all of these games. It’s possible to skirt your way through your weakest game, but your weakest game must still exhibit one of your best poker skill sets.
Of course, HORSE can also be used as a training ground for amateurs and can be a fun game that average players can use to practice or test their skills.
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