Horse Poker Tournament Listings
H.O.R.S.E. is the most popular form of mixed game poker tournaments. The games first popped up in tournament format around 2000, and by 2002 HORSE was part of the World Series of Poker annual line up. In 2010, three H.O.R.S.E. events made the WSOP schedule, including a $1,500 buy-in event on June 16, a $3,000 buy-in event on June 19, and a $10,000 buy-in HORSE Poker Champion event on June 23. Generally, during the summer, several other Las Vegas casinos host HORSE tournaments, including the downtown casinos Binions and Golden Nugget.
If you’re looking for H.O.R.S.E. tournaments outside of Las Vegas, you’ll need to do a little digging. The good news, however, is that several websites, such as CardPlayer.com, have the complete schedules for all major tournament series from all across the globe posted months in advance. Here you can load up any particular month, and then click each series name to look for live H.O.R.S.E. tournaments.
Our website has a few pages of interest regarding the tournament HORSE. The first is our Horse WSOP page where you can learn more about what the World Series of Poker has offered and is offering for HORSE tournaments. The second is our HORSE Champions page. On this champions page, you’ll find some history on mixed-game poker tournaments as well as find results from every WSOP which hosted a mixed-game involving both flop games and stud games. This is a very interesting read and is our contribution to archiving HORSE Poker History.
Online H.O.R.S.E. Tournaments
As far as online HORSE tournaments go, these are available at Full Tilt Poker every couple hours in various small buy-in formats, including $22, $11, $5.50 and $2.20 buy-ins. The biggest daily Horse event at Full Tilt Poker is a $26 buy-in tournament held each night at 22:15 Eastern Time, and, quite impressive for a low buy-in, comes with a $4,000 guaranteed prize pool. In addition to these daily tournaments, there are two weekly guaranteed tournaments covered below.
Sunday Night HORSE – This is Full Tilt’s biggest Horse Tournament; it costs $216 to enter and comes with a $30,000 guaranteed prize pool. $15 and $75 Satellites to this event run seven days per week. The actual event is held every Sunday night at 21:30 Eastern Time.
$5K H.O.R.S.E. – Every Saturday at 20:45 Full Tilt hosts a $75 buy-in Horse tournament that packs a $5,000 guaranteed prize. This tournament has many very small buy-in satellites available as feeders, so anyone regardless of bankroll size can get in. As a result of being heavily satellite fed, there are quite a few poor players that end up with seats in this event. For an experienced player, this means “Cha-Ching-Ching!”.
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2010 HORSE Changes
To get back on the topic of live HORSE poker tournaments, there was a major change at the 2010 World Series of Poker. For 2010, the Chip Reese Memorial Trophy will no longer be given to the winner of the H.O.R.S.E. poker championship. It will instead be given to the winner of the player’s championship. This player’s championship is a $50,000 buy-in event that includes all the H.O.R.S.E. games plus no-limit Holdem, pot-limit Omaha, and 2-7 triple draw. The final table will be played out entirely as No Limit Hold’em which is better suited for the ESPN television broadcast.
From 2006-2009, the highest buy-in tournament on the WSOP schedule was the H.O.R.S.E. championship at $50,000. This year, the H.O.R.S.E. championship has the same buy-ins as the other championships at $10,000, and the 8-Game Mixed Poker Player’s Championship takes over as the largest buy-in event.
To learn more, visit the official World Series of Poker website at wsop.com.