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HORSE Poker

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An ever-present feature at big money tables, and now a fixture event of the World Series of Poker, HORSE combines different poker variants in sequence. As such, you need to be familiar with the rules of each component game to stay in contention.

The rounds switch through different variants from Texas Hold’em, Omaha Hi-Lo, Razz, Seven Card Stud, and Seven Card Stud hi-lo split Eight. Some versions include other variants at the bookends, and while each round is generally subject to limits betting, the final table in some tournaments becomes no limits.

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Razz Poker

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If you like to shake things up a bit, Razz is your game. A lot like Seven Card Stud in format, the key difference with Razz is that it’s played low. The lowest hand wins, with players attempting to make the lowest ranking hand they can from seven cards dealt. Popularized by the World Series of Poker, Razz is now a common feature in online poker rooms, and a key part of HORSE and other multi-format poker games.

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Seven Card Stud

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In days past, Seven Card Stud was the most widely enjoyed poker variant in casinos nationwide. While its popularity has suffered at the hands of Texas Hold’em and the glitz of the professional circuit, it remains a stalwart in some casinos and home games, as well as finding its place online. The game sees each player dealt up to seven cards, in a mixture of face-up and face-down formats, before the final showdown.

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Five Card Draw Poker

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A less common feature in casinos and online poker rooms than the likes of Texas Hold’em, Five Card Draw still has its fans — particularly among home players and video poker fans. With every hand that is played in Five Card Draw, players make betting decisions largely on reading the expressions and playing style of others, with very little community information available on each hand. It’s only by observing how other players are behaving, as well as being strategic about forming your own hand, that players can gain the edge. Here’s how it works:

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2016 Rio Summer Olympics: Michael Phelps Betting Odds

Michael Phelps Olympcs

Perhaps the greatest Olympian of all time will be in the spotlight during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, as Michael Phelps is back for a fourth and final Olympics. Already with 22 Olympic medals, which includes a record 18 gold medals, Phelps will try to dominate the water once again after considering retirement.

The 31-year-old will compete in three events at the Rio Games — the 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly and 200m individual medley. He’s competed in each of these events in his three previous Olympics, capturing a combined eight golds and one silver.

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México vs Fiyi Previa de Apuestas, Pronostico Río 2016

Después de un emocionante empate con Alemania, el equipo Olímpico de México vuelve a la cancha cuando so mida cara a cara con Fiyi en acción del Grupo C del torneo masculino de fútbol en los Juegos Olímpicos de Río. Después de Alemania (-145), las casas de apuestas dan a México como favoritos +165 para para ganar su grupo, con Corea del Sur (+650) y Fiyi (+30000) como amplio underdogs.

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Red Sox are a Hot Bet in Interleague Play

The Red Sox continue their West Coast road trip with a visit to Los Angeles for a weekend series with the Dodgers. Entering the game as +113 underdogs, Boston has gone 4-4 on the road trip, but are dominating in interleague play lately, going 11-3 vs NL clubs.

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The Red Sox are 3-11 against the runline in their last 14 games.

The Dodgers are 1-6 in their last 7 games vs Boston.

Dustin Pedroia owns Kazmir — .512 AVG, just 4 K’s in 43 AB’s.

The Dodgers, however, are one of the league’s top teams when playing at home, and have won 16 of their last 21 at Dodger Stadium. Scott Kazmir gets the start for LA, and previous to last week’s loss to Arizona, the Dodgers had won six straight games that he started. His ERA at home is almost a full run lower compared to on the road, but still isn’t pretty at 3.98. He’s also been taken to the cleaners vs this Boston lineup, as they’ve combined for a .328 average in 177 at-bats.

The price has been right for the Red Sox with Stephen Wright starting for them lately as they’ve won five of his last six starts and four of his last five road starts. Wright’s done his best work on the road this season and it isn’t even close — 2.37 road ERA vs 4.02 at home. He’s allowed just three home runs and has limited batters to a .211 average in road games.

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Dallas Keuchel Unable To Solve Rangers

The Houston Astros will send Dallas Keuchel to the mound for their series opener with the rival Texas Rangers on Friday. Keuchel – who is possibly having one of the worst seasons for a reigning Cy Young winner ever – has been beaten up by the Rangers this season to the tune of a 7.91 ERA while allowing Texas to hit .381. 

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  • Martin Perez has a career 1.80 ERA in three starts at Minute Maid Park.
  • The Astros are 31-13 in their past 44 games at home following a home loss.
  • The Rangers are 8-21 against the runline in their past 29 games.

The Rangers will trot Martin Perez to the mound in hopes that the lefty can finally find some consistency pitching on the road. Perez has a 5.95 ERA on the road this season while surrendering a combined 19 runs in his past three outings away from Arlington.

In general, the Lone Star Series has been incredibly one-sided with the Rangers picking up nine victories in the past 10 contests against the Astros. However, seven of those nine Rangers’ victories have come by two runs or fewer.

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Tigers are on a Roll With Verlander on the Mound

A crucial series between the Mets and Tigers kicks off in the Motor City as both teams have work to do in their respective playoff races. The Tigers enter the game as -120 favorites and rightfully so as they’ve won eight of their last nine games and five of their last six at home.

Justin Verlander will be tasked with shutting down the light-hitting Mets. He’s coming off one of his better performances of the season where pitched a complete game win fueled by 11 K’s over the Astros. Verlander starting has equalled happy endings for Detroit lately, as they’ve won 8 of his last 11 starts.

Noah Syndergaard gets the ball for the Mets who are 3-3 in his last six starts. Syndergaard reach the 7 inning mark just once in those six games — perhaps a sign of wear as the season winds down. The Mets, who enter the game as +110 underdogs, have scored two or less runs in three of Syndergaard’s last four starts, and might be hurting for offence today with Yoenis Cespedes recently added to the DL.

The game opened with a total of 7.5 runs, and the Tigers are on an interleague run that’s seen them go OVER in 19 of their last 21 games vs National League teams.

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Nationals Worth A Look On The Runline

The NL East-leading Washington Nationals are not just winning on the diamond,  they are also cashing at the betting window. The Nats have gone 6-3 SU in their past nine but have also gone a stellar 7-2 against the runline in that span. The Nationals kick off a weekend series with the San Francisco Giants Friday.

Shark Bites
  • Gio Gonzalez allowed 1 earned run in 6.0 innings of work against the Giants this season.
  • The Giants are 5-13 in their past 18 games.
  • The Giants are 6-2 in their past eight games against the Nationals.

Gio Gonzalez – who will take to the mound Friday – is coming off his best month of baseball since the start of the season. Gonzalez had a 2.70 ERA across his five starts in July and has not allowed a home run in his past three outings.

Jeff Samardzija is making a case to be called one of the most overpaid pitchers in baseball after inking a five-year, $90 million contract this offseason. ‘The Shark’ has posted a 4.30 ERA on the year and has already surrendered 29 home runs – four more than he has ever allowed in a full season.

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