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H.O.R.S.E. Explodes at WSOP
H.O.R.S.E. is still alive and well, with 478 players registered for the $3k H.O.R.S.E. event that began Saturday in the Amazon Room.
The numbers are up all around for H.O.R.S.E. events at the 2010 WSOP, with the $1.5k event drawing 828 players earlier in the WSOP.
That event, won by Russian Konstantin Puchov, drew the largest field ever for a live H.O.R.S.E. tournament, and it seems like players can't get enough of the mixed-game events.
The $50k Poker Players Championship saw a significant increase in attendance in 2010, drawing 116 players in the first year after switching from H.O.R.S.E. to an 8-game mix format.
Mike "The Grinder" Mizrachi, the 2010 Players Championship bracelet winner, is just the kind of well-rounded player that thrives in a mixed-game format.
"I love the game of HORSE, but I like the 8-game better," Mizrachi said.
"It never hurts to have No-Limit, PLO and Deuce-to-Seven in there. Hopefully they'll add more games next year. The more games the better."
The WSOP created the most ambitious mixed-game event in its history when the switch was made to the 8-game format for the Players Championship, and it appears that players are ready for even more games to be added to the mix.
"There are a lot of new games coming out," Mizrachi said. "I know Badacey, Badeuce, Badugi, I play them all.
"Hopefully next year they'll add a few more games. It would be a lot more fun."
Todd Brunson echoed Mizrachi's statements, and Brunson expressed surprise that the mix wasn't even larger than an 8-game format.
"I can't believe that didn't happen this year," Brunson said. "There are so many more games that we've been playing for several years that aren't represented at all here."
"Badugi has been around a long time now. Badeuce, Badacey, this is probably the third year we've been playing them. I think they should definitely be part of the World Series."
Brunson thinks we might see more games in the mix next year, so stay tuned.