Five Quick Tips—How to Play 8 Game Mix Poker

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HOW TO PLAY 8 GAME MIX POKER

Like H.O.R.S.E., 8 Game Mix Poker is a multi-format poker variant where people play through eight different game types. The order might vary, depending on the casino, but traditionally, 2-7 Triple Draw is played first, followed by Texas Hold’em, Omaha Eight or Better, Razz, Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo, Limit Stud Poker, No-Limit Texas Hold’em and Pot-Limit Omaha. Mixed poker games are not for the faint of heart and can present many challenges for the unwary. Here are five quick tips to help you play 8 game mix poker.

1. REMEMBER WHAT GAME YOU'RE IN

When you are playing eight different poker variants, a few of which have very similar rules, it's surprisingly easy to get confused and forget which game you are playing. Add in the pressure of playing poker in a competitive environment and the extra time some players take to act, and you can see why so many people forget which of the eight games they are currently playing.

Before you act, confirm the game; it should be displayed somewhere at the table, it will only take a second or two, and it might just save your stack and a lot of embarrassment. Don't be that player who triumphantly flips over a high card hand, only to realize you are playing Razz Poker, where the goal is to make the lowest hand possible.

2. LEARN THE RULES OF ALL THE GAME TYPES INDIVIDUALLY

Most people will know how to play at least two or three of the games, but only a rare few will be able to play all eight confidently. You don't have to become an expert, even just learning the best starting hands, odds and strategies for the eight poker variants will give you a competitive edge over your opponents.

3. WAIT FOR THE GAMES EVERYONE ELSE SUCKS AT

It's a safe assumption that everyone at the table will know how to play Texas Hold’em, which means the hands during that round will most likely be very competitive. If you know how to play all the games competently, you don't need to be getting into hands where everyone will be playing at their best. Instead, wait for the games that fewer people are good at, like Razz and 2-7 Triple Draw. After you play a few rounds, it will become clear which games your opponents know how to play; and which ones they suck at. Ideally, you want to play all your hands against players you can easily beat.

4. PLAY CONSERVATIVELY IN THE NO LIMIT GAMES

No Limit Games can be incredibly challenging because the speculation in any given round can essentially be unlimited; it's easy to get carried away and risk your entire stack in one hand. When you reach the no limit games, stop and think before each raise. Avoid getting into a war with other players, and if in doubt, fold and live to fight another day.

5. DON'T PLAY AS A BEGINNER

If you’re new to poker or have never played before, stay clear of mixed games, they are not for beginners. Playing eight distinct games of poker requires a wide variety of skills and a high level of ability. For advanced players, mixed games can be a fun experience; for beginners, they are a nightmare. Stick with the simpler poker variants like 5 Card Draw and Texas Hold’em until you get more time at the tables.