Five Quick Tips—How to Play HORSE Poker

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HOW TO PLAY H.O.R.S.E. POKER

H.O.R.S.E. is a multi-game poker variant where people play through the different forms of poker that make the acronym of the game, Texas Hold‘em, Omaha Poker, Razz , Seven Card Stud and Eights or Better. Most strategies used in the individual games are still effective, but there are still a few things you can do that will increase your odds of success. Here are five quick tips to help you play H.O.R.S.E.

1. KNOW THE H.O.R.S.E. RULES

Each poker variant you play in H.O.R.S.E. follows the same rules and gameplay that you would encounter when playing the games individually. However, there are also some extra rules that are unique to the H.O.R.S.E. format. For example, players can't opt out of participating in one game type and rejoin after it has concluded.

The game sequence can't be changed until the last one in the chain has been played, and most game types will be played until every player has been the dealer at least once. Even if you can confidently play each poker variant, it's still a good idea to check the rules of H.O.R.S.E. before you start playing so there are no surprises.

2. LEARN TO PLAY ALL THE GAME TYPES INDIVIDUALLY FIRST

To get an edge over your opponents, play all five games that make up the H.O.R.S.E. format first. Learn the strong starting hands, odds, strategies and everything else you can. Switching between five different types of poker combined with the usual pressures of competitive play can make H.O.R.S.E. a very challenging game format. Very few can claim to be good at all five games that make up H.O.R.S.E., so if you can get even slightly competent at them all, it will give you a significant edge over the competition.

3. BE PATIENT AND WAIT FOR THE GAME YOU EXCEL AT

Regardless of how well you learn all the rules and strategies for the individual poker variants in H.O.R.S.E., there will be one form of poker that you can play far better than all the others. Bide your time and wait for the poker format you are best at, maximize your wins in the games you're best at and limit losses in the others.

4. DON’T PLAY AS A BEGINNER

If you have never played poker before, steer clear of H.O.R.S.E.; it's not for beginners looking to play their first game. H.O.R.S.E. requires a wide variety of skills to excel at the ever-shifting game types; for advanced players it can be a fun and exciting experience; for beginners, it's a giant headache waiting to happen. Start with 5 Card Draw or Texas hold'em and save your first foray into H.O.R.S.E. until you’ve had more time at the poker tables.

5. STICK WITH GOOD POKER FUNDAMENTALS

Keep it simple, don't play every hand, target weaker players, look for tells, get a read on other players, play position and don't bluff too often. Because H.O.R.S.E. has so many different game types, follow the tried and tested, reliable principles of playing poker.