HORSE (poker)

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H.O.R.S.E. is a multi-game form of poker commonly played at the high-stakes tables of casinos and in tournaments. It is most often played in a limit format, but can be played with other betting structures; the format consists of rounds of play cycling among:


HOSE drops razz from the game mix.

C.H.O.R.S.E adds Chowaha or Crazy Pineapple to the mix; this is convenient at such team events as BARGE, when it helps to have as many flop games as stud games. C.H.O.R.S.E.L adds lowball.[1]

T.H.O.R.S.E.H.A. is another 8-Game Mix which includes more games than most other mixed poker games.[2] PokerStars started offering this game in 2008, it consists of limit 2-7 Triple Draw, limit Texas hold 'em, limit Omaha Hi-Lo, limit Razz, limit Seven-card Stud, limit Seven card Stud Hi-Lo, no limit Texas hold 'em and pot limit Omaha.[3]

World Series of Poker events[edit]

H.O.R.S.E. made its debut at the World Series of Poker in 2002 with a $2,000 buy-in. John Hennigan won the event, earning $117,320.

A record-setting $50,000 buy-in H.O.R.S.E. tournament made its debut at the 2006 World Series of Poker. Chip Reese won the event, earning $1,716,000 for first place. After Reese died at the end of 2007,[4] the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy was created in his honor; the trophy is awarded to the winner of the $50,000 championship event since the 2008 World Series of Poker.

The $50,000 buy-in tournament returned for the 2007 WSOP, along with seven satellite events with a $2,250 buy-in whose winners earned seats into the $50,000 buy-in event; the $50,000 event, which awarded $2,276,832 to first place, was won by professional player Freddy Deeb.[5] Separate H.O.R.S.E. events with $2,500 and $5,000 buy-ins were also on the 2007 WSOP program.

The 2008 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E event was won by Scotty Nguyen, who received $1,989,120 for his victory;[6] this was also the first time that the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy had been awarded to the winner of the competition.

The 2009 $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. event was won by David Bach, for $1,276,802.[7]

For 2010, the $50,000 H.O.R.S.E. World Championship event was replaced by The Poker Player's Championship, with an identical buy-in; the 2010 WSOP also featured a new $10,000 H.O.R.S.E. Championship, joining already-existing events with $1,500 and $3,000 buy-ins.[8]


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  6. ^ Scotty Nguyen Wins $50K World Championship H.O.R.S.E.,, 30 June 2008, accessed 16 March 2009
  7. ^ "2009 WSOP: David Bach Wins $50K HORSE in Marathon Final". Retrieved 10 August 2017.
  8. ^ "2010 WSOP Schedule Is Announced" (Press release). World Series of Poker. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2009-12-31.