8-Game Mixed is essentially HORSE plus No-limit Hold'em, PLO, and 2-7 Triple Draw. The Players' World Championship at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas is an 8-Game Mixed Format. The winner of 8-Game Mixed at the WSOP is awarded the prestigious Chip Reese Trophy, in honor of the legendary Vegas pro who won the original Players' Championship in 2006.

What's 8-Game mixed?

8-Game mixed begins with Triple Draw, followed by HORSE then NL and PLO which ends the cycle. The new cycle resumes with a new level of Triple Draw.

8-Game mixed tests your poker acumen in eight different games. You really have to be a well-rounded player in order to succeed at 8-Game mixed.


Here is how 8-Game is played:

How to play 8-Game mixed?

Stud, Razz, and Stud Hi/Lo do not use blinds, but rather incorporate antes and a bring-in. Triple Draw, Hold'em, Omaha Hi/Lo, NL, and PLO all use blinds.

You can play 8-Game Mixed two ways. Intervals can change after the end of a complete orbit (typically 8 hands), or it can be played in a set amount of time (e.g. format switches every 20 minutes). Typically 8-Game mixed tournaments are timed intervals.

8-Game tip

If you think it's important to know how to play all five games of HORSE, it's even more crucial that you're proficient in all eight games.

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