Full Tilt Poker Mixed Game Tournaments

September 28, 2009

Full Tilt Poker offers quite a number of mixed game tournaments and even more mixed game cash tables. You will find that Full Tilt gets pretty creative with their mixed game styles and acronyms that represent them. Some of the most common mixed game tourneys at Full Tilt are detailed below, as well as some of the unique mixed game cash tables that you just won’t find anywhere else.

The most basic mixed game available at Full Tilt is HA poker, which only consists of two games, Hold ‘em and Omaha Hi. This is a great place for beginning mixed game players to start out to understand the way mixed events run. Switching between two different games is a lot easier than five games, so it is best to work your way up from here. You can play in a handful of HA events every week at Full Tilt starting at $5+$0.50 and going up as high as $69+$6. This game is also featured in the Full Tilt Online Poker Series (FTOPS) with guaranteed prize pools up to $200K.

Once you’ve graduated from HA, you might want to try HOSE, which consists of Hold ‘em, Omaha Hi, Stud, and 8s or Better. HOSE is a slight modification of HORSE, which contains Razz and is the most popular mixed game, made popular in the 2006 WSOP. There are a couple of HOSE tournaments at Full Tilt with $3 or $5 buy-ins.

Other mixed games that Full Tilt offers at cash tables include HEROS poker (Limit Hold ‘em, Limit Stud Hi/Lo, Limit Razz, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, and Limit Stud Hi). HO is also available, featuring Limit Hold ‘em and Limit Omaha Hi/Lo. HOE includes Limit Hold ‘em, Limit Omaha Hi/Lo, and Limit Stud Hi/Lo (8s or Better). OA consists of PL Omaha Hi and PL Omaha Hi/Lo; OE is Limit Omaha Hi/Lo and Limit Stud Hi/Lo; and finally, SE is Limit Stud Hi and Limit Stud Hi/Lo. While these games haven’t caught on in the tournament schedule at Full Tilt, they may be offered some time in the future.

Mixed game tournaments are a great way to hone your skill at multiple poker games or challenge yourself once you become bored with single-game tournaments. When you are able to play more than one variation of poker, you are suddenly placed in a different class of players, who are much more versatile, knowledgeable, and well-rounded. Becoming efficient in mixed games will also help your game when you do revert back to single-game events. Confidence in your all-around poker skill set is an important part of being a consistent and successful poker player.

Consider yourself warned, though, as once you try mixed games, you may become fixated on playing them and find it difficult to amuse yourself at single-game tables. However, you cannot advance as a player, especially professionally, if you don’t explore ways to challenge your poker mind and master other games outside of Texas Hold ‘em, and even Omaha for that matter.


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