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  • Popular Live HORSE Poker Tournaments

    50k horseThe mixed game format of HORSE poker has become widely recognized as a true indicator of some ones overall poker skill. Because of this, many high limit HORSE games come together in Las Vegas and at casinos around the world. There also however has been a big increase in the number of live HORSE tournament events taking place around the world. Not many people know this but the 2nd largest event at the WSOP is the H.O.R.S.E poker tournament. It is second only to the main event. If you want to try your luck at an offline or online H.O.R.S.E tournament check out this H.O.R.S.E tournament strategy article.

    WSOP HORSE Events

    horse poker tournamentsThe most prestigious and noted HORSE event each year is the famed event at the annual World Series of Poker in Las Vegas Nevada. This tournament features a daunting $50,000 buy in and literally pits the greatest poker players in the world against each other. In 2008 none other than Scotty Nguyen won the WSOP HORSE tournament. He defeated some big names such as Erik Lindgren and Michael DeMichele for the title. Freddy Deeb won the $50,000 HORSE event at the World Series in 2007. Unfortunately the big win was overshadowed by his terrible, drunken display of poor sportsmanship as the ESPN telecast of the event clearly demonstrated. This event is the "Main Event" for mixed poker game players.

    There is also a large buy in HORSE event at the World Series of Poker Europe that has now had two successful years. Just recently in September the WSOPE HORSE event was championed by Sherkhan Farnood who defeated some of the best HORSE players in the world for the title. Finishing closely behind at the final table were poker greats Phil Ivey and Howard Lederer. Phil Helmuth and David Williams were also not too far behind all finishing within the top twenty.

    The World Series of Poker also has a few other smaller buy in HORSE events ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 dollars.

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    Other popular HORSE Events

    While the WSOP and WSOPE even are currently the most talked about HORSE tournaments in the world, there are a host of other big live events that draw a lot of good players as well. Many of the World Poker Tour stops now include HORSE events in the lineup and a wide variety of other mixed games as well such as HOSE. The tournaments have become widely popular because people are starting to see them as the true gauge of poker skill. Any player that can march into a table full of the best players of the world and beat them at five different poker games certainly has a high level of skill for poker and is worthy of quite the title.

    Many of the most popular HORSE events are actually played online right now. Poker Stars has taken charge by running several HORSE events in their annual World Championship of Online Poker as well as including them in their live Asia Pacific Poker Tour tournaments.

    With the growing popularity of the mixed game format, its only feasible that we will be seeing more and more of these tournaments in the coming years. While the games right now seem to mainly be played by pokers best of the best, hopefully more regular players will start playing HORSE and we will see even more live tournaments.