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  • What is H.O.E Poker?

    Full Tilt is really working to capitalize on the movement towards mixed games by so many online poker players. Recently they’ve introduced yet another variation on the traditional HORSE poker mixed game format and now offer HOE poker (insert your toilet humor here) for folks that aren’t ready for HORSE or just want a simple mixed game to pass the time. HOE poker consists of:

    H - Limit Texas Hold’em

    O - Limit Omaha Hi Lo

    E - Limit Seven Card Stud Hi Lo


    In the H.O.E mixed format there is a fixed limit for each game. If you decide to play at a $10/$20 HOE game, each game will be at that limit only, there will be no pot limit or no limit games unless specified at the beginning of the game. When playing HOE at Full Tilt Poker, the game will change every ten hands.

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    HOE Poker availability at Full Tilt Poker

    Full Tilt has basically been the pioneer of mixed games and as such they have quite the wide selection of HOE games available. Full Tilt offers low and micro limit games starting at $0.50/$1.00 and going as high as $1,000/$2,000. Once again, like all the other high limit games at Full Tilt’s mixed games, you need to be very careful and watch out at these tables. Don’t take on these high limits unless you have a huge bankroll and you are very good of the different games.

    The main thing you can do to take advantage of the HOE format is to study and learn to dominate at Omaha hi lo and seven card stud hi lo. Many people simply don’t understand the complexities of either of these games and it clearly will be where you can make the most money in this format. A common problem for players in seven card stud hi lo is calling bring in bets with poor starting hands then chasing longshots. There is a story on the board with each hand and you can use this information to gauge whether or not your hands will be good. Bad players fail to watch the cards that other players fold and often these are the very cards that they need to improve their hands. Make sure you stay a step ahead of your competition by watching everyone’s up cards intently when playing seven card stud hi lo.

    Full Tilt Poker is an excellent room to try out mixed games at. As an incentive to try out their many mixed game formats, they offer players a first deposit bonus of 100% up to $600. This is an excellent boost to your bankroll that could help you learn one of the games you may not be as good at in the mixed format. Remember, being good at each type of game is one of the most important parts to being a solid mixed game player. Take the time to focus outside of HOE to improve the games that you’re weaker at. In the long term, if you improve your weak areas you can turn a game like HOE into a very profitable venture.