WSOP Event 45 – $50 000 H.O.R.S.E

Wednesday 25 June at 17h00

Since Moneymaker made headlines in 2003 by becoming the first rank amateur to claim the elite WSOP Main Event and the unofficial title of World Poker Champion, poker professionals have been unified in their criticism of the accolade. They are of the view that to win a single title, albeit a very celebrated international title, does not warrant the honour of being called World Champion.

The History of H.O.R.S.E at the WSOP

They were also perturbed at the sheer number of online qualifiers to the Main Event and petitioned the organisers of the WSOP to include a competition which would legitimately test the skill and ability of the player. In 2006 the H.O.R.S.E event was launched at the WSOP for the first time and proved to be one of the highlights of the month long tournament. The maiden Heads-Up lasted a whopping seven hours – a WSOP record! What better way to test the proficiency and versatility of a player than a game that encompasses five variants of poker!

The $50 000 record-breaking buy-in also markedly narrowed down the number of contestants who could afford to take part and only the most accomplished and authentic of poker player made it to the tables in Las Vegas to contest the maiden contest.

The event returned in 2007 and this time it had the ‘world championship’ branding as an added enticement. Freddy Deeb became the second champion of the event, behind the legendary David ‘Chip’ Reese, and he took home a very prosperous $2 276 832 in prize money and the tacit title of ‘Best All Round Poker Player’.

The 2008 WSOP have acknowledged the value of the H.O.R.S.E competition and apart form the $50 000 event, there will be two other smaller H.O.R.S.E events with buy-ins of $1500 and $3000 respectively!

What is H.O.R.S.E

H.O.R.S.E is an acronym for a combination of five different forms of poker, played in rotation, with the game changing at pre-determined times. All the component games are played fixed limit – there are no pot-limit or no-limit games:

  • Holdem
  • Omaha Hi/Lo
  • Razz or Seven Card Stud Low
  • Stud or Seven-Card Stud High
  • Eights or Better or Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo