Mixed poker games have always been popular in the offline arena but really didn't take off online until 2009. H.O.R.S.E poker has historically been the leading mixed poker variant but that has changed due to the innovations of the two leading online poker rooms, Poker Stars and Full Tilt Poker. Each room has developed a unique and challenging mixed poker game that players have fallen in love with. I am getting a little head of myself though. A mixed game is a rotation of individual card games. H.O.R.S.E poker for example contains:
- Texas Hold'em
- Omaha Hi-Lo
- Razz Poker
- 7 Card Stud
- Stud HL
Each card game is played for 6-10 hands, depending on the poker room. In order to be a successful mixed game player you must know how to play each card game well. That is the allure of mixed games, you are pitting your combined skills against the skills of the other players. Mixed games are challenging but they are also very profitable.
The new mixed poker games that have stolen some of H.O.R.S.E poker's limelight are even more difficult because they include more card games and are played in the mixed limit format. Mixed limit (ML) basically means that a mixed poker game has more than one betting limit (fixed limit, pot limit and no limit). H.O.R.S.E poker is played exclusively in the fixed limit format but 8 Game Mix and 7 Game Mix include all three formats. below you will find detailed information on each of these popular new variants.
8 Game Mix
8 Game Mix can be played exclusively at Poker Stars and has become their most popular mixed poker variant. You will play each card game for six hands before moving on to the next. The line-up includes FL 27 Triple Draw, FL Hold'em, FL Omaha HL, FL Razz, FL Stud, FL Stud HL, NL Hold'em and PL Omaha. 8 Game Mix is the most challenging mixed game I have ever played. Triple Draw was the hardest rotation for me, and most other players. Not too many people even knew how to play this game when 8 Game Mix first came out. That didn't stop them from learning as they went though. 8 Game Poker continues to be a very profitable game for this reason.
7 Game Mix
Full Tilt Poker has been at war with Poker Stars for quite some time. They launched 7 Game Mix in answer to 8 Game Mix and the results have been amazing. 7 Game Mix is Full Tilt's leading mixed game and continues to grow in popularity every day. The game line-up includes every game in 8 Game Mix with the exception of 27 Triple Draw. At Full Tilt they play each card game for 10 hands instead of six.