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                                                                                     Dec 2017 Tip
 How to Play "H.O.R.S.E" Games
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Can you believe it, H.O.R.S.E. cash games and tournaments are becoming regular poker games around the world? For those of you unfamiliar with the poker game H.O.R.S.E., it consists of rounds of Hold’em, Omaha (Hi Lo), Razz, Seven-Card Stud, and Eight or Better (Seven-Card Stud Hi Lo); all of which I wrote about, with the exception of Razz, in my first book here, “Chiapelli’s Live Poker Strategies.” Razz is simply the lowest non-qualifying, five-card hand of all seven cards--all of which are dealt in the same order as a game of Seven-Card Stud (two down cards, four up cards and one last down card). Best lowest hand wins!
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Before going to a casino or charity event to play in a H.O.R.S.E. game, make sure you understand the basics of each game. The following is a key to playing all the games in H.O.R.S.E:
• Hold’em:  2 hole cards, 5 community cards, best 5 card hand wins
• Omaha (Hi Lo):  4 hole cards (2 must play), 5 community cards, best 5 card        hand wins--a game of draws and outs
• Razz:  7 card game; dealt in same order as 7-Card Stud; lowest 5 cards wins.      Doesn’t need to be a qualifying Low Hand (e.g., like Stud Hi Lo--8 or under)
• Seven-Card Stud:  2 down, 4 up and 1 down; best poker hand wins
• Eight or Better Stud:  2 down, 4 up and 1 down,
best hand and qualifying low       hand (e.g. 8 or under is required). An example of a winning 7-Card Stud, Lo       hand would be as follows: A 2 4 6 8
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H.O.R.S.E. games are exceptional because they are the best poker games around. Nowhere, in the whole world, will you find a better poker game, not to mention a better tournament poker game. Depending on what city you live in, H.O.RS.E. tournaments are structured in a way that if someone gets knocked out early (within the first hour), he can do what is called a “re-entry,” whereas he buys-in for the original tournament stake. Note: That re-buy, or re-entry fee, is only available within the first hour of the tournament. After that, each play will be subjected to subsequently being knocked out of the game, one player at a time.
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When playing in a H.O.R.S.E. Tournament, you have to remember the opponents you’ll be playing against are real professionals. Based on my experience playing H.O.R.S.E. games in Las Vegas, each player is well-versed in the games and very aggressive. You must only play your best cards!
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Hold’em is easy to play; Omaha Hi Lo is three times as hard; Razz can get confusing; Stud is drawn out; and Eight or Better Stud is a drawn out game, along with being complicated (split pot game). Be sure to pick up a copy of my first book, “Chiapelli’s Live Poker Strategies.” It will break down, in great detail, the fundamentals of most of these H.O.R.S.E. games. Razz isn’t included in the 1st edition, however. It just consists of a person winning with the absolute lowest five cards.
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Like any tournament play, your sole objective is to first get to the final table, without getting knocked out. Secondly, you must try to get to the last three places, first, second or third, mainly because those are the people that make any money winning at a regular poker tournament. Depending on the number of people playing in these tournaments (e.g., 40-70 players), the jackpot for even the last 1-5 players could be substantial. Note: If you happen to be among the final five players at any given tournament, you may request that all players “chop” the total cash prize. Everyone ends the game, splits the pot, and each five remaining contestants walks away victorious. It’s very common in casinos across the U.S., but be sure to check the rules regardless of where you reside. With all this being said, enjoy playing H.O.R.S.E. cash games or tournaments anywhere around the world.


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