Mixed or mixed play is a poker multi-sport game that has grown in popularity in recent times. Today, all of the major series, both online and live, offer mixed-game tournaments, usually with an increased buy-in, in which the best players in the world are happy to participate. The most common types of mixed games are H.O.R.S.E. (more commonly referred to simply as HORSE) and 8 games. To play these mix games you need to learn how to play poker in all of its hypostases.

The mixed games take turns competing in different varieties of poker. The games are changed after a certain number of hands or a certain period of time.

In the cash game, there are six hands for each type of poker. The same system is used in live tournaments, but on the Internet the game is changed after a predetermined time interval. The obvious disadvantage of this system is the possibility of procrastination in a discipline, in which the player feels unsure, thus reducing the number of hands played in it.

HORSE rules

HORSE, of course, has nothing to do with horses. The name of the game is an abbreviation formed from the names of the popular types of poker it includes:

  • H – Limit Hodem
  • O – Limit Omaha Eight or Better
  • R – Limit Razz
  • S – Limit Stud
  • E – Limit Stud Eight or Better

As we can see, HORSE includes only limit games. They are played in the same order as the name of the game. As the game changes, the blinds (ante in poker) usually go up as well. Given the limit structure of all games, as well as the smooth growth of the blinds, HORSE tournaments are long. A shortened version of HORSE – HOSE – is also played. As you can easily guess from the poker videos, there is no Razz in this discipline.

The main competitor to HORSE is “8 games”. The main difference between the 8 games is the presence of No Limit Hold’em and Pot Limit Omaha. These two no-limit disciplines bring increased variance to the game. Anything you’ve accumulated over several hours in Limit hands can be lost just by getting a cooler in Omaha or Hold’em. For this reason, many regulars prefer HORSE.

The 8-game schedule is as follows:

  • Limit 2-7 Triple Draw
  • Limit Holdem
  • Limit Omaha Eight or Better (Hi/Lo)
  • Limit Razz
  • Limit Stud
  • Limit Stud Eight or Better (Hi/Lo)
  • No Limit Hold’em
  • Pot Limit Omaha

Much less common mixed games are:

  • Mixed Hold’em – includes No Limit and Limit Hold’em
  • Omaha/Holdem – includes Pot Limit Omaha and No Limit Holdem
  • Mixed Omaha – includes Pot Limit Omaha and Omaha high-low
  • Triple Stud – includes three types of stud poker: Stud, Razz and High-low Stud