The T.J. Cloutier exposed the weakness of the H.O.R.S.E. format in an interview with PokerListings.com:
"I guess my weakest game is Stud or Omaha Eight-or-Better. I don't play those, just in tournaments," Cloutier said.
There you have it, straight from the horse's mouth, if you will. Not even T.J. Cloutier, one of the most experienced and skilled poker players in the world, plays all five H.O.R.S.E. games on a regular basis.
In my opinion, a world championship event that's not played exclusively in Texas Hold'em would be absolutely ridiculous. Texas Hold'em is the game 90% of the people play online, and it is the game that is played in at least 90% of the home games. So why would you ask the best Hold'em player in the world to play some stupid game like Razz to prove himself? You don't ask the Olympic 100 meter champion to do some pole vaulting (under the bar perhaps, if it was played like Razz) or throw some javelin.
If you want a WSOP event that is exclusive to the pros you should make it a $50,000, or even $100,000, No-Limit Hold'em tournament. But even then, I'm not sure about making it the World Championship event. Today, the WSOP Main Event is the engine that drives the poker world. If you take away the possibility of an average Joe gaining fame and fortune at the World Series of Poker, a lot of people would lose interest in the game. That would be a hard blow for the professional players as well, at least financially.
It might sound boring, but I think things should stay just the way they are. The pros just have to work a little harder to take back the poker crown from the amateurs. Making up silly games with animal names doesn't impress me at all.